"The costs of mental illness to the economy”

by francesco12 on September 14, 2014 - 7:40pm

“More must be done to help people with mental health problems stay in work” by Sarah Boseley, health editor, is an article that explains that more must be done to help people with mental health disorders to stay in work and avoid problems by just being aware and treated for their problems. Chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies says mental illness cost £100bn last year yet 75% of people received no treatment. Dame sally davies states that people need to be more aware of mental health problems because it affects the economy tremendously. She also explains that if people are more aware of mental health disorders, help will benefit there day to day lives. Dame Sally Davies said that roughly 70 million working days were lost to mental illness last year, this costed the economy £70 to £100bn. The number of working days lost to stress, depression and anxiety increased by 24% since 2009, but yet there is still 75% of people with diagnosable mental illness that get no treatment at all. The article explains that the cost of mental illness to the economy very high but is preventable. Why should the economy be punished when all is needed is more awareness. many with mental illness deserve much more support. The article also shows us that 60 to 70% of people with mental disorders like depression and anxiety are working, so there should be a lot more awareness about the issue so that our economy improves and people quality of life also improves. The article also talks about people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness but don’t get back into the work force because they do not get the right support and they automatically believe they cant hold down their jobs.

            In my opinion I believe that mental health is not well addressed there are plenty of people with mental health disorders that are not clinically diagnosed. Many people don’t know they have a disorder and by being unaware it can cost the economy a lot of money. Just by being aware and seeking the right treatment not only do people’s lives improve but so does our economy. The world needs to be aware of this problem we face so we can better understand it as a society and work with it to make our world a better place for everyone, no labels over peoples heads, no judging just help to get through the unfortunate factor of mental illness.




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