The economic impact of mental health stigma

Renee Romeo*, Paul McCrone, Graham Thornicroft

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Mental illness-related stigma has far-reaching economic effects on many life domains, including housing, religious activities, access to treatment and care, health-seeking behavior, and mortality. Well-designed and coordinated responses to these economic effects will have significant influences on the domains in an individual's life and on their family members and others. Although a paucity of economic research exists in this area to assist decision makers, the evidence base is growing. In this chapter we introduce and describe a framework within which to examine the economic effects of stigma. We also present evidence from research on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to combat stigma and discuss some of the gaps in our knowledge. We also include research-related recommendations, the results of which could feed into plans for commissioning services.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMental Health Economics: The Costs and Benefits of Psychiatric Care
PublisherSpringer International Publishing Switzerland
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9783319552668
ISBN (Print)9783319552651
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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