Building an economic case for mental health promotion: part I

Lynne Friedli (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health)
Michael Parsonage (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health)

Journal of Public Mental Health

ISSN: 1746-5729

Publication date: 1 September 2007


This paper uses economic analysis to develop the case for greater investment in mental health promotion. One example of a common mental health problem for which there is robust evidence of effective interventions is conduct disorder. The paper estimates that preventing conduct disorders in those children who are most disturbed would save around £150,000 per case (lifetime costs), and that promoting positive mental health in those children with moderate mental health would yield lifetime benefits of around £75,000 per case. Investment in support for parents is therefore the top priority in a provisional list of ‘best buys’ in promoting mental health.



Friedli, L. and Parsonage, M. (2007), "Building an economic case for mental health promotion: part I", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 14-23.

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