Mental Health Economics

One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives according to the World Health Organisation. At any given time roughly 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide. Treatment and care for people with mental health disorders can be complex and expensive, and beyond health care-related costs, the broader economic costs of mental ill-health are also tremendous. Yet, mental health has received little attention, in particular within the study of economics. The Mental Health Economics Special Interest Group sets out to connect researchers and encourage discussion to further our collective understanding of all aspects of health economic research on mental health.

Member Benefits

SIG members receive bi-monthly newsletters with call for paper opportunities, relevant conferences, SIG-related news, and an exceptionally comprehensive collection of working papers and newly published research on the economics of mental health. Members also benefit from webinars and member-only networking opportunities both at the iHEA conferences and virtually.

Additionally, the SIG has an active presence on Twitter. Follow us here.


Coming soon!

Past webinars

  • Mental Health as a Critical Instrument for Economic Recovery, Health Security and Sustainable Development in Africa – May 19, 2022
  • New International Framework for Assessing the Costs and Outcomes of Mental Health Related Care: The European PECUNIA Project (2018-2021) – March 21, 2022
  • Treating Mental Health Disorders Improves Labour Market Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries – February 3, 2022
  • Mentally Healthy Workplaces – The Way Forward – June 17, 2021
  • Mental Health Economics: Reflections, Promises and Challenges – May 27, 2021


Panka Bencsik, Founder and Lead Convenor
Hareth Al-Janabi, Convenor for Research and Dissemination
John Cullinan, Convenor for Special Conference Sessions
Giulia Greco, Convenor for LMIC Research and Engagement
Sonja de New (née Kassenboehmer), Convenor for Special Conference Sessions
Christoph Kronenberg
Long Le, Convenor for ECR Development
Claire de Oliveira, Convenor for Special Conference Sessions and for Scientific Networking
Irina PokhilenkoConvenor for Research and Dissemination
Francesca Cornaglia, Convenor for Research and Scientific Networking