Uzbekistan And UK Have The Worst Mental State Of The World According To A Report; India Is On…

Delve into the persistent decline of mental wellbeing across 64 countries.

by Mallika Khurana
Uzbekistan And UK Have The Worst Mental State Of The World According To A Report; India Is On…

In recent years, the world has been grappling with a silent epidemic, one that often hides in plain sight: the decline of global mental well-being. As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, our collective mental health has taken a significant hit, with troubling trends emerging across various demographics and geographic regions. The fourth annual Mental State of the World Report, compiled by the Global Mind Project, sheds light on the alarming persistence of this decline. 

Insights And Statistics Reveal The Reality

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Despite hopes of a rebound post-pandemic, the data indicates a troubling stagnation in mental well-being, suggesting that the effects of diminished global mental health have become entrenched in our societal fabric.

  • Continued Decline

Mental well-being has remained stagnant since 2021, with no signs of returning to pre-pandemic levels. Across the 71 countries surveyed, MHQ scores remained largely unchanged, underscoring the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our collective psyche.

  • Generational Divide

Younger generations, particularly those under 35, bore the brunt of the pandemic’s mental health toll. While older age groups remained steady, younger cohorts experienced steep declines in mental well-being, exacerbating pre-existing trends of poorer mental health among the youth.

  • Global Rankings

Surprisingly, wealthier countries in the Core Anglosphere found themselves at the bottom of the mental well-being rankings, while many Latin American and African nations topped the list. This inverse relationship between wealth and mental well-being challenges conventional wisdom and underscores the complex interplay of socioeconomic factors.

  • Key Contributors

Insights from the report highlight two major contributors to mental health challenges: the age of first smartphone ownership and the consumption of ultra-processed foods. Notably, wealthier countries exhibited earlier smartphone ownership and higher consumption of processed foods, suggesting a link between affluence and detrimental lifestyle choices.

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Mental State Of The World Report 2023 Country Rankings

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Countries like the Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania emerged as leaders in mental well-being, boasting MHQ scores of 88 or higher. Conversely, nations including Brazil, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan ranked lowest in mental well-being, with MHQ scores ranging from 48 to 53.

Here’s the complete list, from the happiest to the unhappiest countries:

  1. Dominican Republic
  2. Sri Lanka
  3. Tanzania
  4. Panama
  5. Malaysia
  6. Nigeria
  7. Venezuela
  8. El Salvador
  9. Costa Rica
  10. Uruguay
  11. Italy
  12. Puerto Rico
  13. Honduras
  14. Armenia
  15. Trinidad and Tobago
  16. Philippines
  17. Georgia
  18. Israel
  19. Colombia
  20. Peru
  21. Singapore
  22. Mexico
  23. Nicaragua
  24. Zimbabwe
  25. Ecuador
  26. Republic of Moldova
  27. Portugal
  28. Kenya
  29. United States
  30. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  31. Argentina
  32. Paraguay
  33. Guatemala
  34. Mozambique
  35. France
  36. Cote d’Ivoire
  37. Chile
  38. Jordan
  39. Saudi Arabia
  40. Canada
  41. United Arab Emirates
  42. Cameroon
  43. Tunisia
  44. Belarus
  45. Angola
  46. Syria
  47. Belgium
  48. Morocco
  49. Sudan
  50. Algeria
  51. Spain
  52. New Zealand
  53. Azerbaijan
  54. Bangladesh
  55. Germany
  56. Pakistan
  57. Kazakhstan
  58. Ukraine
  59. Bolivia
  60. Kyrgyzstan
  61. India
  62. Yemen
  63. Iraq
  64. Ireland
  65. Egypt
  66. Australia
  67. Tajikistan
  68. Brazil
  69. South Africa
  70. United Kingdom
  71. Uzbekistan

In conclusion, the mental well-being crisis demands immediate attention and concerted action. The path forward requires a holistic approach that prioritises mental well-being as a fundamental pillar of societal progress.

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