The Cost and Cost-_Effectiveness in Youth onset Mental Health and Substance Use

Presentation First Author: 
Prof Martin Knapp

Decision-makers in mental health and related systems need to take appropriate account of economic questions and economic consequences. Most of them are very aware of that already, but they do not always know what information to seek or how best to use it. In this presentation I therefore want to focus particularly on the ways that economics can help to ensure that youth mental health services achieve their biggest impacts by making best use of their available resources. I will include some discussion of the challenges that arise during a period of prolonged economic recession, given that these can be especially difficult times for young people. I will look at the economic arguments for preventive and responsive interventions in the youth mental health area, summarising some of the available evidence.

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Presentation Date: 
November, 2013
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