Monday, June 18, 2012
LSE CEP Mental Health Policy Group Report: How Mental Illness loses out in the NHS
Posted by Liam Delaney
The connections between mental health and economic issues such as skills development, wealth and labour market performance are some of the most important issues of our time. How mental health services are funded and resources devoted more generally to alleviate mental health problems are an important feature of this. This new report by the CEP Mental Health Policy group argues that mental health funding is massively inadaquate in the UK and that the balance between physical and mental health funding is grossly disproportionate to the relative burdens of illness between the two. I hope this is an issue and report that is widely discussed. In our own research group, the connection between psychology, mental health and economics is a dominant theme and we will increasingly focus on potential policy implications of work examining the connection between economics and mental health.