Europe is still lacking sufficient coverage of psychological care
1 out of 3 persons will encounter severe mental health problems in their lifetime, including depression, anxiety or substance misuse. Most of these problems originate in childhood or early adolescence. The economic impact on untreated mental health conditions in our society is enormous. Health economists calculate that the loss for our economy could be as big as 4 % of the GDP in Europe.
For example, the savings a government could make through fewer admissions in psychiatric hospitals, fewer expenses on pharmaceutical treatments or treating physical health problems by investing in prevention efforts, by having more people returning to work or not losing their effectiveness at work, or whose social relationships have been affected due to mental health problems.
But can it actually be done?
Psychology has produced good evidence–based treatments that have an effectiveness of 70%. Besides psychological treatments are far less intrusive and can be delivered in the daily environment, not to mention at a much lower cost. In some countries, ten days of hospital admission can cost as much as a full year of psychological treatment with weekly sessions!