UK ranked second-worst for mental health, global survey finds

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26th April 2024 12:38 - Health

UK ranked second-worst for mental health: The United Kingdom has been ranked second worst for mental health in a recent global survey – achieving a score bettered by all but one country taking part. The findings come from the “Mental State of the World” report, part of the Global Mind Project run by Sapien Labs – a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2016, that aims to understand and enable the human mind.

Sapien Labs collected data from 419,175 people across 71 countries for this study, using a Mental Health Quotient (MHQ) to assess the world’s mental health. The MHQ is a unique assessment of mental wellbeing, comprised of 47 elements of mental feeling and function, including problems such as symptoms of 10 major disorders as well as positive aspects of mental function.

The happiest country was found to be the Dominican Republic, who topped the MHQ list with a score of 91. The UK, meanwhile, scored just 49 and ranked lower than even the most troubled countries, faced with conflict, including Yemen (59), Ukraine (60), Sudan (64) and Syria (64).

The report also highlighted the volumes of people deemed to be feeling distressed/struggling in participating countries. Again the UK scored poorly, with 35% of people found to be distressed/struggling which was the joint worst score, tied with South Africa. At the opposite end of the scale, people in Sri Lanka were found least likely to be struggling or feeling distressed (14%). Sri Lanka was also high on the average happiness scale too, coming second to the Dominican Republic.



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