The alarming rise in the cost of mental ill-health
The cost of treating mental ill-health is greater than heart disease and cancer combined – £105 billion in 2010, according to the UK’s Department of Health. In 2013, the Wellcome Trust estimated the cost at £113 billion.
It’s a similar story across the EU, and in the USA the cost is heading towards a trillion dollars. Even more worrying, the issue is being globalised. The Gulf States are witnessing an epidemic of diabetes II – along with the dementia and heart disease that inevitably follow. In some countries around a quarter of the population are affected.
In many developing countries iodine deficiency is another major issue, affecting around 2 billion people, with consequences for the developing brain and cognitive function.
This rapid rise of mental ill-health problems, crossing all cultural and economic boundaries, is rooted in lifestyle and nutrition. But we can stop it and reverse it, wherever it occurs.
By supporting us, you will help us achieve this aim.
The Mother and Child Foundation (UK registered charity no. 1037513)
The Friends of the Mother and Child Foundation (US registered charity no. 46-5257862)