Essen Economics of Mental Health Workshop

We are pleased to host the second Essen Economics of Mental Health Workshop on the 24 & 25 of June 2019.

The workshop is themed: “Mental Health over the Life-Course”.

This workshop aims to gather (junior) researchers with an interest in applying the tools of economics to problems surrounding mental health. Papers considering a life-course aspect of mental health are preferred. This includes, but is not limited to, mental health economics studies looking at informal care, loneliness, social exclusion, access to health care, insurance coverage, declines in physical health, age of onset, dementia, suicide, etc. Empirical analyses in this field are especially encouraged for submission.

Christopher J. Ruhm (University of Virginia) and Fabrizio Mazzonna (Universitá della Svizzera Italiana) will deliver the keynotes for this workshop.

Please submit full papers or extended abstracts to by 1st of March 2019. In contrast to other events, discussants and not authors will present their work to stimulate discussion. Participation in the workshop implies the willingness to act as a discussant.

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Fourteenth Workshop on Costs and Assessment in Psychiatry

Since 1990 a number of workshops (please, visit our website at aimed at facilitating the integration of research performed in disciplines that evaluate the mental health field from different scientific perspectives have been organized in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Psychiatric Association (WPA). National governmental institutions, in particular the US NIMH, the UK Department of Health, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 1990 eleven international workshops have been held in Europe and in the U.S. These workshops have enabled participants (psychiatrists, health economists, psychologists, medical sociologists, public health researchers and statisticians from universities, government agencies and hospital research units) to come together and discuss empirical findings from clinical and economic evaluation studies and seek ways of using this information in health policy decision making.

Abstracts must be in English and in the style format required by The Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics (please visit the website ). Abstracts (cm 21 x 18) must be structured (Background, Aims of the Study, Methods, Results, Discussion and Limitations, Implications for Health Care Provision and Use, Implications for Health Policies, and Implications for Further Research) on the basis of the particular content of the study. The abstract will not exceed 500 words. The source of funding must be indicated at the end of the abstract, along with the grant number(s). If there was no source of direct or indirect funding, please write: “Source of Funding: None Declared.”

Abstracts must be sent together with the Meeting Registration Form to the International Center of Mental Health Policy and Economics (ICMPE), Via Daniele Crespi 7 – 20123 Milan, Italy. The dead-line for submitting abstracts is October 30, 2016.

SMaRteN webinar: Secondary Data Analysis of general population surveys

In the past ten years, there has been an increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety among young women. We do not know whether this trend is echoed within the student population or how characteristics, including gender, ethnicity, sexuality or socio-economic status interact with mental health within this population. While the UK has a strong tradition of high-quality general population surveys, existing surveys do not lend themselves readily to comparing student mental health with that of non-students. Many fail to ask whether the respondent is a student, or miss details about education sector. Within population surveys, students are a small minority of respondents and those living in residential halls are likely to be under-represented in household surveys.

Despite the limitations of existing general population data sets informative analysis could be completed. For instance, the ESRC Understanding Society survey is one of a number of cross sectional and longitudinal data sets that could be used. Understanding Society indicates those in full time education, establishes whether this is FE, HE college or university and includes measures of mental health and wellbeing. As a longitudinal survey, tracking respondents over time, it provides insight into the impact of becoming a student. The sample is large, so inequalities in rates of mental distress between different groups of students could also be explored.

In this webinar, led by Sally McManus, we will:

• Discuss the data sets available that allow for comparison of student and non-student mental health
• Clarify how to access this data
• Consider challenges in working with this data, and approaches that might be taken to navigate these challenges
• Identify questions that might be addressed through secondary data analysis

If there is something in particular you would Sally to cover, please contact her in advance of the webinar at – and, where possible, she will incorporate this within the webinar.

Registration for the event will close on Sunday 17th March