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22/12/2008 - Submitted by: Argyro Kazaki

The Foresight Project “Mental Capital and Well-Being” was implemented between July 2006 and October 2008 under the supervision of the UK Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills for the UK Cabinet Office.

The project’s aim was to advise the UK Government on ways to achieve the best possible mental development and mental well-being in the population. To deliver this, the project undertook a scientific effort of unprecedented scale to identify risks to mental health, which can be expected for the next 20 years, and to identify possible interventions together with their costs and returns.

The project develops suggestions, which focus on the role of the UK Government, business and individuals. The project's major conclusions are:

  • Together with material resources, mental resources are vital but vulnerable resources to learn, prosper and thrive in a changing society and in an increasingly interconnected and competitive world;
  • Action to improve mental capital and wellbeing could have very high economic and social returns.

Although the project was designed for the UK-context, its findings are also relevance for other Member States and the EU as a whole. More information together with the project reports at the projects website.

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United Kingdom

Target Group(s)

Mental health policy makers