Open access Comment: Lean economies and innovation in mental health systems

Sara Evans-Lacko, Wagner Ribeiro, Elisa Brietzke, Martin Knapp, Jair Mari, David McDaid, Cristiane S Paula, Renee Romeo, Graham Thornicroft, Lawrence Wissow (2016)

Please note: this is a legacy publication from CPEC (formely PSSRU at LSE).

The Lancet 387 10026 1356-1358

Available online: 2 April 2016

Poor access to mental health care is widely reported, although it differs according to sociopolitical and economic contexts. In emerging economies, including Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS), there has been increased public investment in recent years, but rapid economic growth in these countries has now slowed. Precarious global transitions affect both the burden of mental health problems and demand for services. Innovations prompted by these transitions, in both high-income and low-income countries, could help meet population needs during times of economic shock, whether scarcity or affluence.