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Making Mental Health Count, The Social and Economic Costs of Neglecting Mental Health Care, Emily Hewlett and Valerie Moran

Abstract
Despite the enormous burden that mental ill-health imposes on individuals, their families, society, health systems and the economy, mental health care remains a neglected area of health policy in too many countries. Mental disorders represent a considerable disease burden, and have a significant impact on the lives of the OECD population, and account for considerable direct and indirect costs. This report argues that even in those OECD countries with a long history of deinstitutionalisation, there is still a long way to go to make community-based mental health care that achieves good outcomes for people with severe mental illness a reality. The disproportionate focus on severe mental illness has meant that mild-to-moderate mental illnesses, which makes up the largest burden of disease, have remained overwhelmingly neglected. This book addresses the high cost of mental illness, weaknesses and innovative developments in the organisation of care, changes and future directions for the mental health workforce, the need to develop better indicators for mental health care and quality, and tools for better governance of the mental health system. The high burden of mental ill health and the accompanying costs in terms of reduced quality of life, loss of productivity, and premature mortality, mean that making mental health count for all OECD countries is a priority
Table Of Contents
Developing skilled workforces for high-performing mental health systems -- Improving quality measurement and data collection for mental health -- Acronyms and abbreviations -- Foreword -- Good governance for better mental health -- Advancing the organisation, payment and integration of care for people with severe mental illness -- Securing better care for mild-to-moderate disorders -- The cost of mental illness -- Assessment and recommendations -- Executive summary
Language
eng
Literary Form
non fiction
Note
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Physical Description
1 online resource (244 pages)
Specific Material Designation
remote
Form Of Item
online
Isbn
9789264208445

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