'They shut them out the road': Migration, Mental Health and the Scottish Highlands

Philo, C. and Parr, H. (2004) 'They shut them out the road': Migration, Mental Health and the Scottish Highlands. Scottish Geographical Journal, 120(1-2), pp. 47-70. (doi: 10.1080/00369220418737192)

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There is a small literature tackling migration and mental health, but less is said about the migration of people with mental health problems (incipient or diagnosed). The present paper considers what might be claimed about such migration, particularly when entailing movement into rural and remote areas where lack of anonymity, high social visibility and certain differences in how ‘locals’ and ‘incomers’ are treated may have serious consequences for those displaying psychological and behavioural differences. Drawing upon qualitative evidence from in‐depth interviewing of in‐migrants with mental health problems living in the Scottish Highlands, light is thrown on the connections between their problems and the decision to relocate to this predominantly rural region. Attention also focuses on dissonances between expectations regarding their new situation and their actual experiences of it in terms of both natural landscapes and, more importantly here, social milieux. There are further implications for changing regional attitudes towards mental health, suggesting certain impacts that arise not just from the in‐migration of people themselves who have mental health problems, but also from the ideas and practices that they often carry with them.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Parr, Professor Hester and Philo, Professor Christopher
Authors: Philo, C., and Parr, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
Journal Name:Scottish Geographical Journal
Publisher:The Royal Scottish Geographical Society
ISSN (Online):1751-665X
Published Online:27 February 2008

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