1 thought on “COVID-19 will have long-term impacts on mental health. Are we prepared for that?”

  1. Posted 12/04/2020 at 18:35 | Permalink

    The argument for increasing spending on mental health was strong even before the pandemic, and it will certainly need further increases after it. But I can see no justification for parity with spending on physical wellbeing for one very simple reason. However prevalent are mental health problems – and they appear to be very prevalent indeed – it seems undeniable that the treatment available in the current state of knowledge is nowhere near as effective as the treatment medicine can provide for physical health problems. In terms of relief of suffering, a pound spent on physical medicine buys a lot more relief from suffering than a pound spent on mental health. We can regret that this is the case and commit resources to research on mental health, but for the moment we have to accept the reality as it is and allocate spending accordingly.

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