Mental health

Economic Aspects of Mental Health

Key messages to health planners and policy-makers

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 14
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/MSD/MER/06.2



This document is aimed at health planners and policy-makers at national or sub-national level who have a responsibility for strengthening, monitoring and evaluating mental health systems. The aims of the document are:

To highlight the need for and relevance of an economic perspective in planning, providing and evaluating mental health services.

To assist mental health planners and evaluators in understanding and using economic arguments for (a) increasing the allocation of resources for mental health and (b) improving cost-effective utilization of resources to strengthen mental health systems.