Investing in children's mental health: a review of evidence on the costs and benefits of increased service provision

KHAN Lorraine, PARSONAGE Michael, STUBBS Jessica
Centre for Mental Health
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This report summarises the available evidence on the effectiveness and value for money of interventions for child and adolescent mental health problems. It shows that for the most common mental health conditions affecting children and young people, including conduct disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there are interventions that are not only effective in improving outcomes but also good value for money, in some cases outstandingly so, as measured by the surplus of measurable economic benefits over the costs of intervention. Mental health services for children and young people are provided by a wide range of organisations, including the NHS, local authorities, schools and voluntary and community bodies. Many of these organisations have suffered from budget cuts in recent years. The evidence summarised in this report suggests that this comes at a very heavy price in terms of benefits forgone. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
child and adolescent mental health services, cost effectiveness, mental health services, economic evaluation, intervention;
Content type:
research review
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