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No systematic attempt has been made to calculate the costs of scaling up mental health services in low-and middle-income countries. Aims To estimate the expenditures needed to scale up the delivery of an essential mental healthcare package over a 10-year period (2006–2015). Method A core package was defined, comprising pharmacological and/or psychosocial treatment of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and hazardous alcohol use. Current service levels in 12 selected low-anddoi:10.1192/bjp.bp.107.038463 pmid:18055957 fatcat:yy5a2mzpo5c7zngprvb32262zq