Cost information

General cost information includes:

  • The costs to society of mental ill-health amount to £77 billion due to factors such as economic inactivity and social welfare costs9.
  • People with severe mental health problems are more likely to be economically inactive (70% compared with 30% of the general population) and on disability benefit10.
  • Lost output and missed employment opportunities associated with mental ill health cost £23.1bn, per year, in England11.
  • Each year over 200,000 people with a mental illness move onto incapacity benefits12.
  • There is an argument to keep people at home and connected to their social networks including the workplace as far as is possible as people are far more likely to recover from mental health problems if they are in employment than if they are not (80% and 22%)13.
  • Equally there is a strong imperative to support carers as recent research by Carers UK found that 72% of carers (across all care groups) were financially worse.
  • The costs of mental health care in England equates to more than £22.5 billion spent on direct costs such as health and social care but this figure does not include indirect costs.
  • The costs of direct care are expected to increase by 46% by 2026.
  • The NHS costs account for 7.7% of GDP and 13.8% of this spending is focused on mental health provision