Mental health research priorities for Europe

Wykes, Til and Haro, Josep Maria and Belli, Stefano R. and Obradors-Tarragó, Carla and Arango, Celso and Ayuso-Mateos, José Luis and Bitter, István and Brunn, Matthias and Chevreul, Karine and Demotes-Mainard, Jacques and Elfeddali, Iman and Evans-Lacko, Sara and Fiorillo, Andrea and Forsman, Anna K. and Hazo, Jean-Baptiste and Kuepper, Rebecca and Knappe, Susanne and Leboyer, Marion and Lewis, Shôn W. and Linszen, Donald and Luciano, Mario and Maj, Mario and McDaid, David and Miret, Marta and Papp, Szilvia and Park, A-La and Schumann, Gunter and Thornicroft, Graham and van der Feltz-Cornelis, Christina and van Os, Jim and Wahlbeck, Kristian and Walker-Tilley, Tom and Wittchen, Hans-Ulrich (2015) Mental health research priorities for Europe. The Lancet Psychiatry, 2 (11). pp. 1036-1042. ISSN 2215-0366

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Mental and brain disorders represent the greatest health burden to Europe—not only for directly affected individuals, but also for their caregivers and the wider society. They incur substantial economic costs through direct (and indirect) health-care and welfare spending, and via productivity losses, all of which substantially affect European development. Funding for research to mitigate these effects lags far behind the cost of mental and brain disorders to society. Here, we describe a comprehensive, coordinated mental health research agenda for Europe and worldwide. This agenda was based on systematic reviews of published work and consensus decision making by multidisciplinary scientific experts and affected stakeholders (more than 1000 in total): individuals with mental health problems and their families, health-care workers, policy makers, and funders. We generated six priorities that will, over the next 5–10 years, help to close the biggest gaps in mental health research in Europe, and in turn overcome the substantial challenges caused by mental disorders.

Keywords:mental health, wellbeing, well-being, Europe (General), service users, research funding, policy, bmjconvert, NotOAChecked
Subjects:L Social studies > L430 Public Policy
L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:25 Sep 2015 18:42

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