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Contributor(s): David McDaid

Released on 7 May 2013

David McDaid conducts research in the economic case for promotion and prevention of mental health rather than focusing on the effectiveness of treatments. The promotion of better mental health and prevention of mental health problems is a very important area for research in England following the new Mental Health Strategy in 2011. He is currently working on the Optimising Suicide Prevention Implementation (OSPI) project which is looking at a number of interventions and strategies in place in Ireland, Portugal, Germany and Hungary to see how effective these are at raising awareness. The economic climate has resulted in a push for strategies on prevention that may lead to reduced need of services for many people. Other projects David is involved in includes interventions to reduce financial debt that can lead to stress and depression, and early interventions in first years of life particularly in education settings.

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