Mental health

Investing in mental health

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 52
Publication date: 2003
ISBN: 92 4 156257 9



Given the prevalence of mental health and substance-dependence problems in adults and children, it is not surprising that there is an enormous emotional as well as financial burden on individuals, their families and society as a whole. The economic impacts of mental illness affect personal income, the ability of ill persons – and often their caregivers – to work, productivity in the workplace and contributions to the national economy, as well as the utilization of treatment and support services.

There is the need to enhance investment of financial and human resources in mental health. Overall, this investment will result in individuals and communities who are better able to avoid or cope with the stresses and conflicts that are part of everyday life, and who will therefore enjoy a better quality of life and better health.