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Health > Mental health > Mental health index: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: The first data set used here is from large-scale epidemiological surveys implemented as part of the World Health Organization World Mental Health Survey Initiative (WMHSI). These surveys were conducted between 2002 and 2005 in 10 OECD countries. They use a common diagnostic instrument to measure the occurrence of various types of disorders, their nature and intensity, and the treatment provided. Disorders considered include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, disorders linked to impulse control and disorders due to use of alcohol and drugs. All disorders are classified as serious, moderate, or mild.

The second set of data is from the European Quality of Life Survey conducted in 2007 by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. These data are based on the following question: Please indicate for each for the five statements which is closest to how you have been feeling over the last two weeks - I have felt cheerful and in good spirits; I have felt calm and relaxed; I have felt active and vigorous; I woke up feeling fresh and rested; my day has been filled with things that interest me (all of the time, most of the time, more than half of the time, less than half of the time, some of the time, never). The total score on all statements is multiplied by 4 to get a score that has a maximum value of 100.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Norway 70% 2007
2 Netherlands 67% 2007
3 Ireland 67% 2007
4 Denmark 67% 2007
=5 Sweden 67% 2007
=5 Germany 67% 2007
7 Belgium 66% 2007
8 Spain 66% 2007
9 Finland 65% 2007
10 Luxembourg 63% 2007
11 Hungary 63% 2007
12 France 62% 2007
13 Czech Republic 62% 2007
14 United Kingdom 61% 2007
15 Slovakia 60% 2007
16 Greece 60% 2007
17 Austria 60% 2007
18 Portugal 60% 2007
=19 Italy 59% 2007
=19 Poland 59% 2007
21 Turkey 47% 2007

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Interesting observations about Health > Mental health > Mental health index

  • 19 of the bottom 20 countries by mental health > mental health index are European Union.
  • All of the bottom 21 countries by mental health > mental health index are European.
  • 11 of the top 12 countries by mental health > mental health index are Christian.
  • 19 of the bottom 21 countries by mental health > mental health index are High income OECD.
  • Netherlands ranked first for mental health > mental health index amongst Eurozone in 2007.
  • Norway ranked first for mental health > mental health index amongst NATO countries in 2007.
  • Italy ranked last for mental health > mental health index amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2007.
  • 6 of the top 7 countries by mental health > mental health index are Cold countries'.
  • Turkey ranked last for mental health > mental health index amongst Non-religious countries in 2007.
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