Improving Mental Healthcare May Have Huge Economic Payoff, WHO Study Says

USA Today (4/12, Horn) reports the World Health Organization released a study yesterday suggesting that “improving mental health care can have a huge economic payoff.” The findings of the WHO study reveal that “every US dollar invested in mental health treatment can quadruple returns in work productivity.”

The New York Times (4/13, Carey, Subscription Publication) reports the World Bank and the WHO are holding a conference in Washington this week of hundreds of physicians, aid groups, and government officials to begin an “ambitious” effort to push mental health “to the forefront of the international development agenda.” The conference comes as an international research team published a study Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry which found that for every dollar invested in treatment programs for depression and anxiety, those “programs would bring a return of $3 to $5 in recovered economic contributions and years of healthy life.”

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— “WHO: Better mental health care means a better economy,” Marissa Horn, USA Today, April 12, 2016.

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