New Zealand, Australia and Singapore have ranked 1st, 2nd and 4th respectively in this year’s Asia Pacific Health Integration Index.
The study scored countries in the region based on 18 indicators across 4 categories - ranging from access to healthcare facilities, social services and policies that protect the rights of people suffering from mental health conditions.
New Zealand topped the standings with a score of 94.7%, over 2% greater than neighbouring Australia and above Singapore by over 15%. According to the index the lowest ranked countries for the assistance provided to those with mental health issues were Pakistan and The Phillipines who scored just 12.8% and 25.5% respectively.
The report, which was released on World Mental Health Awareness Day, also highlighted the biggest issues experienced by the countries where the research was undertaken. It discovered that in Australia and New Zealand the standard of mental health support varied greatly throughout the different regions and District Health Boards. It also pointed out serious issues around the treatment of the country's indigenous people.
In Singapore meanwhile stigma surrounding mental health conditions in the country still affects the amount of people seeking support - much more needs to be done to help reach out to those in need, and help remove the stigma.
The APHII also identified a lack of allied health professionals within the country as an area for improvement - with it widely expected that they will play a crucial role in helping to improve mental health support worldwide.
As part of the publicity drive for World Mental Health Awareness Day the World Health Organisation have revealed that, according to their estimates, depression will be the world’s most common illness by the year 2030 unless something is done soon to help those with the condition.
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