The cost of mental health


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A punchy and thought provoking presentation on the cost of poor mental health from a young champion and advocate working with YoungMinds

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The cost of mental health

  1. 1. The Cost<br />Mental health problems impact on all areas of people’s lives<br />
  2. 2. The financial cost…<br />The costs of mental health problems to the economy in England have recently been estimated at a massive £105 billion, and treatment costs are expected to double in the next 20 years.<br />
  3. 3. The real cost…<br />People with severe mental illnesses die on average 20 years earlier than the general population.<br />
  4. 4. The real cost…<br />Depression increases the risk of mortality by 50%and doubles the risk of coronary heart disease in adults<br />
  5. 5. The real cost…<br />People with mental health problems often have fewer qualifications, find it harder to both obtain and stay in work, have lower incomes.<br />
  6. 6. The real cost…<br />People with mental health problems are more likely to be homeless or insecurely housed, and are more likely to live in areas of high social deprivation.<br />
  7. 7. The real cost…<br />The majority of mental health problems affect people early, interrupting their education and limiting their life chances.<br />
  8. 8. The real cost…<br />Some 90% of all prisoners are estimated to have a diagnosable mental health problem and/or a substance misuse problem. <br />
  9. 9. The real cost…<br />Mental health problems can also contribute to perpetuating cycles of inequality through generations<br />
  10. 10. Mental ill health represents up to 23% of the total burden of ill health in the UK – the largest single cause of disability<br />
  11. 11. About 1in 100 people has a severe mental health problem and 1 in 4 people will experience some form of mental ill-health in their lifetime.<br />
  12. 12. Yetthe stigma attached to mental ill health and the social barriers that surround it amplify its direct effects and damage the life chances of people with mental health problems.<br />
  13. 13. We all need to take responsibility for caring for our own mental health and that of others, and to challenge the blight of stigma and discrimination.<br />
  14. 14. Early interventions can improve lifetime health and wellbeing, prevent mental illness and reduce costs incurred by ill health, unemployment and crime. <br />
  15. 15. Help people to get the treatment they deserve by beating stigma and talking about mental ill health <br />