3 October 2010

This policy paper calculates what the economic and social costs of mental illness are.

The figure includes the costs of health and social care for people with mental health problems, lost output in the economy, for example from sickness absence and unemployment, and the human costs of reduced quality of life.

The new calculation is an update of the £77.4 billion cost of mental ill health calculated by the Centre in 2003. The figure takes into account inflation since 2003 and the rising cost of health and social care.

Audience: Policy makers.

Free to download below.

Download Economic and social costs of mental health problems 2009/10 PDF (173 KB)


This paper is based on our previous policy paper from 2003.