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Policy for better mental health
Richard Layard
October 2014
Paper No' CEPCP429:
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CentrePiece 19 (2) Autumn 2014

Tags: mental health; psychological therapy; government policy

Treating mental illness should be a top national priority, especially as proven psychological therapies effectively cost nothing. Richard Layard explains how CEP research has led to a new deal for mental health – but much remains to be done. Mental illness has much greater economic costs than physical illness – but evidence-based ways of treating mental health problems have no net cost to the Exchequer.

Thrive: The Power of Evidence Based Psychological Therapies by David M. Clark and Richard Layard, Penguin, 2014