Countries must learn how to capitalize on their citizens' cognitive resources if they are to prosper, both economically and socially. Early interventions will be key.They look at "mental capital" and "mental well-being."
[The term] mental capital captures [among other things] how well an individual is able to contribute to society [...]. Mental well-being, on the other hand, [...] refers to individuals' ability to [among other things] contribute to their community. [...]
Thus, how a nation develops and uses its mental capital [...] has a significant effect on its economic competitiveness and prosperity.They go on to advocate "the early identification and treatment" of children who aren't good at - or fond of - reading and math, and of adults who accumulate debt.
Neural, genetic and cognitive biomarkers can play an important part in the early identification of many of these diseases. [...] [W]e need to explore the underlying neuroscientific basis of the strong associations between mental disorders and lone parenting, bullying and debt.And they conclude:
Implementing these recommendations will require significant changes in the nature of governance, placing mental capital and well-being at the heart of policy-making.