There is continuing evidence supporting the need to tackle the growing problem of mental disorders throughout Europe over the last few decades. They impose a high burden on individuals and the economy as a whole.
There is also evidence that people who suffer from Mental Disorders do not receive evidence based treatments. EU mental health studies show that there are substantial costs associated in workplaces through absenteeism resulting in reduced earnings which impact on the increase in benefit claims from sufferers.
In the EU the direct cost of mental disorders taking all factors into consideration from benefit claims to treatment amount to some 450 billion euros per year. The cost of primary and specialist mental care throughout the member countries leads to growing costs for the health services in general.
Extending this argument to show that increased promotion for the prevention of mental disorders or even early intervention of them will produce significant savings in the health and other sectors even in the short term.
This is because reduced mental disorders and improved mental health will have an impact on the general medical health including physical health with the resulting savings from these areas.
A resilient Europe needs resilient citizens. Mental Health is a human right and a key resource for ever section of the economy. Investment in the prevention and treatment of mental disorders is the foundation for health, quality of life and resilience of Europeans. This investment will also see a reduction in the need for drugs and tobacco use.
Significant efforts have been made by the member states working with the WHO and the OECD to improve the mental health of Europeans. However, despite this effort, Europe is a long way short of finding a solution as mental health disorders throughout member states is increasing not diminishing.
Some of the things that contribute to this gap are still the stigma surrounding mental health and the reluctance of individuals to seek help, finally, a significant share of the treatment of mental disorders lies with the lack of training of health professionals from health bodies to the private sector. This must improve if Europe is to stem the tide of mental disorder growth.
(The above statement does not necessarily reflect the views of the EAC but of the author of the statement)
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