Mental Health Economics

Alheimers SaalTraining in Mental Health Economics took place in the Alois-Alzheimer Saal, Psychiatrischen Klinik, University of Munich, in Germany between March 16th and 18th 2015.

The training provided by experts in the field, Prof Martin Knapp and Mr David McDaid from London School of Economics, included sessions on making an economic case for mental health interventions; cost and outcome measurement; cost-effectiveness analysis principles; other forms of economic analysis (including cost-benefit); examples of economic evaluations applied to mental health questions; modelling designs; trial-based designs; critical appraisal of studies.

The course provided fellows and 5 external researchers better in-depth understanding of  economics of the public mental health and tools that can be used to measure it and in interventions.

Full agenda from the training can be found here: Mental Health Economics training agenda.



Martin Knapp is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and one of the collaborators in the MARATONE . He has also been Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research since 2009. His current research emphases are primarily dementia, child and adult mental health, autism and long-term social care; much of his work has an economic focus, and in all of it he seeks to tease out the policy implications. He has published almost 500 peer-review journal papers and 15 books. His work has had numerous impacts on policy and practice in these areas. He is a member of the World Dementia Council.

David McDaid is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Policy and Health Economics at LSE Health and Social Care and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is co-ordinator of the Mental Health Economics European Network, a 32 country network examining a range of issues, including detailed analysis of the financing of mental health and the socio-economic impact of mental health problems, including aspects of prevention and promotion of good mental well-being. Other recent research has included evaluation of the first phase of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy in Scotland, the UK wide Healthy Living Centre Initiative, and undertaking a review of the extent to which economic evaluations have been used in public health for the Welsh Assembly Government. He has also co-authored a recent report on the Irish health care system.

He has published more than 40 peer reviewed papers largely on the use of economics in policy making and on mental health policy and acted as a consultant to a variety of governments, public and voluntary agencies including the World Health Organisation, the European Commission and Amnesty International. He is co-editor of the recently published book Mental Health Policy and Practice Across Europe, editor of Eurohealth, associate editor of Health Policy, co-covenor of the joint Campbell/Cochrane Collaboration Economic Methods Group and a director of the Health Equity Network.