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CEP 21st Birthday Lecture Series

Mental Health: The New Frontier for the Welfare State


Speaker: Professor Lord Richard Layard, Director of Wellbeing Programme, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Chair: Professor John Van Reenen, Director, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2012

Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm

Location: LSE Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entrance is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Richard Layard

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Overview: Mental illness is the greatest hidden problem in our society. Tackling it would do more than anything else to raise our national wellbeing. Mental health is crucial for our quality of life and it also has huge effects on our ability to learn, to work and to be a good parent. There are many excellent ways of promoting mental health and treating mental illness, but they are not properly available in any country. So mental health is the new frontier for the Welfare State.

About the Speaker: Richard Layard is Emeritus Professor of Economics at LSE and is the head of the Centre for Economic Performance’s Programme on Well-Being.


For information on future lectures in this series, please visit the CEP 21st Birthday Lecture Series webpage

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