Treating mental illness is not only a good medical decision, but it also makes good economic sense.
Investing more in treatments for anxiety and depression could save countries around the world billions of dollars, according to a new study.
This is not meant to downplay the toll that mental illnesses take on people and their families. However some experts see this approach as a way to spur governments to open their eyes to a long-neglected health issue.
“This is an argument that we’re hoping governments who have limited dollars will actually respond to because mental health services have not been scaled up in most places,” Judith Bass, Ph.D., a global mental health researcher from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who was not affiliated with the new study, told Healthline.
Billions in Returns
The new study, published online this month in The Lancet Psychiatry, estimated the cost of treatment for anxiety and depression in 36 countries representing 80 percent of the world’s population.