Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention: The economic case

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Edited by Martin Knapp, Michael Parsonage and David McDaid

19 April 2011

The economic and social costs of mental health problems in England are estimated at around £105 billion each year.

This report looks at 15 forms of prevention and early intervention in mental health to gauge their economic value. It shows that many of these interventions are outstandingly good value for money. Most are low in cost and many become self financing over time, saving public expenditure as well as radically improving the quality of people's lives.

For example, early intervention in psychosis teams, which work with young people in their first episode of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, save the economy a total of £18 for every pound spent on them.

Audience: policy makers, commissioners, mental health services.

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