Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention: The economic case

Mental health promotion and mental illness prevention: The economic caseMental ill health is the largest single cause of disability in the UK, contributing almost 23% of the overall burden of disease compared to about 16% each for cancer and cardiovascular disease.

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

This report addresses the question of whether investment in the prevention of mental health needs and the promotion of mental wellbeing might represent a good use of available resources.

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The report investigate the cost effectiveness of a range of interventions including:

  • Health visiting and reducing post­natal depression
  • Parenting interventions for children with persistent conduct disorders
  • School­ based social and emotional learning programmes to prevent conduct problems in childhood
  • School­ based interventions to reduce bullying
  • Early detection for psychosis
  • Early intervention for psychosis
  • Screening and brief intervention in primary care for alcohol misuse
  • Workplace screening for depression and anxiety disorders
  • Promoting well­being in the workplace
  • Debt and mental health
  • Population­ level suicide awareness training and intervention
  • Bridge safety measures for suicide prevention
  • Collaborative care for depression in individuals with Type II diabetes
  • Tackling medically unexplained symptoms
  • Befriending of older adults