This position statement published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists asserts that the clinical engagement in commissioning for public mental health is essential to ensure that effectiveness, quality and safety are prioritised and waste of resources is avoided.
The statement calls for significant investment to promote public mental health and reduce associated personal and social costs of mental ill health. Significant costs arise from the
lack of such investment.
Cost-effective interventions exist to both prevent mental illness and to promote wider population mental health, initiatives that complement the treatment of mental illness. Effective public mental health action will reduce the present and future disease burden and cost of mental illnesses.