Mental health

A number of studies are underway or completed focusing on mental health economics and policy, including: research on the economic costs schizophrenia and psychosis, perinatal health, depression and mental health promotion and prevention; the cost-effectiveness of different interventions for youth mental health, depression, anxiety; mental health promotion strategies for children; and strategies in the workplace for older people.

Key findings

Current studies 

ICare: Integrating technology into mental health care delivery in Europe

The ICare study is establishing a comprehensive model of promoting mental health in Europe, with a platform which encompasses evidence-based risk detection, disease prevention, and treatment facilitation for common mental health disorders.

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OOTLES: Long term economic impact of childhood emotional and behavioural problems

The OOTLES study is evaluating the long-term economic impacts of mental health problems experienced by children and young people in three British birth cohorts (1946, 1958 and 1970) and implications for policy and service provision.

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STRENGTHS: Strengthening mental health care systems for Syrian refugees in Europe and the Middle East

The STENGTHS programme aims to improve the responsiveness of mental health systems in Europe and key Middle Eastern countries by integrating mental health services for adult and adolescent Syrian refugees into primary and community care systems

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Understanding the dynamics between poverty, mental health and the future life chances of young people from economically deprived backgrounds

This project seeks to understand the dynamics between poverty and mental health by examining the impact of antipoverty policies, such as cash transfers, on mental health among young people in low- and middle-income countries, as well as impact of mental health interventions on life chances and future risk of poverty.

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