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Thrive: The Power of Evidence-Based Psychological Therapies

Monday 23 March 2015

1 Hour


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Leading expert on mental health David Clark argues that doing much more to help people recover from mental ill-health and to stay well would not only increase wellbeing but would also create massive savings for the economy. Clark has been a major contributor to Britain becoming a world leader in psychological therapies, but he says that mental ill-health still causes more suffering in our society than physical illness, poverty or unemployment. He explores new effective therapies to mental illness and argues that, while the costs of mental illness are high, the cost of effective treatment is relatively low.

Clark is professor of psychology at the University of Oxford and one of the world’s leading experts on cognitive behavioural therapy. Clark and the leading labour economist Lord Richard Layard were the main drivers behind the UK Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.

Layard was also due to appear at this event but has had to cancel for unavoidable reasons.

Presented by Centre for Inquiry.