New figures from the U.S. have revealed the cost of mental-health problems among children and young adults. A panel set up by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine found that the cost of mental illness, substance abuse and behavioural problems in people under 24 was $247 billion a year. This was the cost of treatment for, and lost productivity caused by, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, drug and alcohol abuse and behavioural problems. The figure excluded criminal justice and education, workplace disruption and social-welfare spending.
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