Richard Layard and David M Clark
Allen Lane (July 2014)
In Britain today one in six of all adults suffers from depression or a crippling anxiety disorder. The same is true in the USA and in continental Europe. A third of families currently include someone who is mentally ill, yet fewer than one in three people suffering with mental health issues will receive treatment. This book sets out to tackle the moral injustice and personal misery with a call to action, a viable solution, and real hope.
Britain has come to lead the world in mental health policy thanks to the work of Richard Layard and David M. Clark. But the reality is that the majority of people who need help still aren't getting treatment because the most effective therapies are deemed too expensive. This book argues that spending more money on helping people to recover - and stay well - would actually strengthen the economy. People who suffer with problems like anxiety and depression are predominantly of working age and allowing them to recover fully and support themselves would be of huge benefit to the economy, through savings in welfare and physical healthcare.
Richard Layard is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is one of the world's leading labour economists, and in 2008 received the International Prize for Labour Economics. A member of the House of Lords, he has done much to raise the public profile of mental health.
David Clark is Professor of Psychology at Oxford University and is Europe's leading expert on CBT, responsible for much of the worldwide progress in treatment methods. With Layard, he was the main driver behind the UK's Improved Access to Psychological Therapy programme.
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