Researchers into the state of mental health care in the UK are arguing for a bigger link between research evidence and policy.The recently established Health Services Research Department, part of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, is to launch its case at a special conference looking at what’s happening now in mental health research, and the relationship between this and mental health policy.
Mental illness produces considerable direct costs to health and social care services – as well as the indirect costs of disruption to every day life. Around 90 million working days are lost in the UK each year as a result of mental illness, at a cost of more than six billion pounds.
The conference will have special sessions related to economic statistics like these, which its felt are improving in quality and quantity due to new and innovative evaluations by researchers at the Institute among others.
The conference is at Regent’s College London in October.