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[Editorial] The high cost of unpaid mental health care

Informal carers for people with mental illness, such as spouses, parents, or even children, are often underappreciated, unpaid, and invisible to the wider community. A new report from Mind Australia and the University of Queensland—The Economic Value of Informal Mental Health Caring in Australia—brings visibility to this sector of the health-care workforce and puts a price on the value of their services by estimating the cost of replacing informal support with government services.

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