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Mental health costing Wales £7.2bn a year

17th March 2010

The All Wales Mental Health Network has claimed that mental health problems are costing Wales £7.2bn a year.

In a report, it says that promoting better mental health would save money and boost life expectancy by seven-and-a-half years. Figures from the network estimate that £1bn of the amount is the cost for the Welsh NHS with over £2.5bn in lost economic activity and nearly £3.5bn in the loss of quality of life for sufferers. The Welsh assembly was recently given powers to improve the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders.

 

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