Treating mental health early will reduce costs for UK

by Ivano Abbadessa - 2016.02.15

Failure to treat mental illness in the young comes at a high cost to the UK government. According to a study by the London School of Economics, which analysed the economic impact of children's mental health services for the first time, more than half of adolescents with mental health problems do not receive clinical treatment. This is a moral scandal and a huge economic mistake, say the researchers, seeing as young people with mental health disorders are more likely to smoke, drink and use drugs. Also, they are more likely to be unemployed, drop out of school without a qualifications or training, as well as being more likely to have a criminal record: all conditions that generate a significant negative impact on the British economy.

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