Authors: Peter Huxley
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Outcomes, Funding, Measurement
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The presentation by an expert advisor to the project concerns the lessons to be learned from the Mental Health Integration Index (MHII) (2014) a recent Europe-wide survey on mental health and integration and the policy and provision for supporting people with mental illness. The MHII serves to provide facts on integration in order to inform policy development. At the heart of the project is an 18 indicators benchmarking index ranking 30 countries.
Mental illness exacts substantial human and economic costs on Europe, and a substantial treatment gap exists. It is the case though that the leading countries in the index are not the only sources of best practice in integrating those with mental illness. Findings are presented in terms of environment; access; opportunities and governance. Some key results:
• Employment is the field of greatest concern for those with mental-illness, but also the area with the most inconsistent policies across Europe
• Real investment separates those addressing the issue from those setting only aspirational policies
• Europe as a whole is only in the early stages of change from institution to community-based care.
• Lack of data makes greater understanding of this field difficult,
Finally, future concerted actions are considered.