by Hannah Caddick, Ben Horne, Jessica Mackenzie et al.
Overseas Development Institute (ODI Insights), December 2016
Mental health represents a huge cost to society and the economy in healthy years lost and affects some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It is also now included in the Sustainable Development Goals. But while the need to invest in mental health is increasingly recognised, funding is still not being prioritised – in national budgets or in development aid for low-income countries(LICs). This research set out to make investing in mental health services realistic and manageable for LIC governments. It found that there were valuable steps that governments can take with limited funding, and suggests and sets out incremental approaches to both investment and service delivery.