Care for Mental Health Conditions in Jamaica

The Case for Investment. Evaluating the Return on Investment of Scaling Up Treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and Psychosis

January 2020
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  • Publisher
    Pan American Health Organization
  • Published
    27th January 2020
  • ISBN 9789275121184
  • Language English
  • Pages 26 pp.
  • Size 8.5" x 10"

Mental health is critical to personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, and successful contributions to society. Mental health conditions consequently impose a high burden not only on individuals, families and society, but also on economies. In Jamaica, mental health conditions are highly prevalent and major contributors to morbidity, disability, and premature mortality. Encouragingly, with timely and effective treatment, individuals suffering from mental health conditions can lead productive and satisfying lives. This publication, the first of its kind, provides evidence and guidance to support the development, financing, and implementation of mental health interventions in Jamaica. Specifically, it estimates the return on investment (ROI) from scaling up treatment for anxiety, depression, and psychosis. The results from this analysis show that Jamaica can significantly reduce the health and economic burden of mental health conditions by investing in cost-effective recommended interventions designed to improve mental health.

United Nations Interagency Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases

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United Nations Development Programme

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Pan American Health Organization

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the specialized international health agency for the Americas. Under the leadership of its 52 member countries and territories, PAHO sets regional health priorities, mobilizes action to address health problems and published reports and health guidelines to further those aims. Wearing two institutional hats, PAHO is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American System and also serves as Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mental Health; Chronic Disease; Sustainable Development Indicators; Cardiovascular Disease; Diabetes Mellitus; Health Economics; Alcohol-Related Disorders; Jamaica