772 companies work in Catalonia's mental health and personal autonomy sector, according to a study by ACCIÓ-Catalonia Trade & Investment, the competitiveness agency of the Ministry of Business and Labor, prepared in collaboration with the Mental Health Cluster of Catalonia. Today, companies in this field have a yearly turnover of €9,244 million, representing 3.79% of Catalonia's total GDP.
In this report, mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which the individual is aware of their own abilities, can cope with everyday stress, and can work productively and contribute to their community. Personal autonomy, on the other hand, is understood as the capacity to control, face, and take personal decisions on one's initiative and develop the basic activities of daily life. The relationship between both concepts lies in the effect of mental illnesses on individuals' physical and psychological capacity, as they influence the ability to make personal decisions.
Breaking down the sector
The mental health and personal autonomy sector can be defined as the combination of 4 main sub-sectors. Firstly, the pharmaceutical and complementary, represented in Catalonia by companies such as Novartis, Grifolls, Almirall, and Esteve. This subsector’s work ranges from drug development to quality of life-enhancing nutrition and functional/personalized foods.
Then the digital health sector, with companies such as Bayer, Doctoralia, and iSalus working on telehealth platforms and services and other digital platforms and applications focused on improving mental health, overcoming phobias, and enhancing personal autonomy.
Thirdly the medical tech sector with companies such as Biomet, Abbott, and Smith+Nephew, dedicated to Medi-tech products and devices, technical aids, orthopedics and ophthalmology, and ear, nose, and throat products (ENT), and also treatments and technologies applied to neuroscience.
And finally, we find service providers such as Som Via, Clínica Corachan, and Grup Mutuam offering services and treatments in mental health, home care, social care, and healthcare.