Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 – Day 3

 

Mental health services in the UK are overstretched, have long waiting times and, in some regions, lack specialist services. Despite this, public spending is focused almost entirely on coping with crisis, with only a significant investment in prevention. Mental health research receives only 5.5% (£115 million) of total UK health research spending.

Mental health problems constitute the largest single source of world economic burden, with an estimated global cost of £1.6 trillion – greater than cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes on their own.

In the UK, the estimated costs of mental health problems are £70-100 billion each year and account for 4.5% of GDP.

Here is a link to the Mental Health Foundation’s page, where you can learn more about facts related to the MHAW, the cost of mental health problems, physical health and mental health & many more:

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/fundamental-facts-about-mental-health-2015