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Impact of economic crises on mental health

Wahlbeck, Kristian and Anderson, Peter and Basu, Sanjay and McDaid, David and Stuckler, David (2011) Impact of economic crises on mental health. World Health Organization, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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The economic crisis is expected to produce secondary mental health effects that may increase suicide and alcohol death rates. However, the mental health effects of the economic crisis can be offset by social welfare and other policy measures. For example, active labour market programmes aimed at helping people retain or regain jobs counteract the mental health effects of the economic crisis. Family support programmes contribute to counteracting the mental health effects of the crisis. Increasing alcohol prices and restricting alcohol availability reduce the harmful effects on mental health and save lives. Debt relief programmes will help to reduce the mental health effects of the economic crisis and accessible and responsive primary care services support people at risk and prevent mental health effects.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
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Additional Information: © 2011 World Health Organization
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 13:26
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2017 11:10

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