Denmark ranks third on the EIU Mental Health Integration Index

A recent EIU report ranks Denmark no. 3, ahead of the other Scandinavian countries, in a comparison among 30 European countries on supporting people with mental health illness.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)’s recent report Mental Health Integration Index compares the EU28 countries plus Norway and Switzerland on their ability to treat people suffering from mental diseases and to integrate them back into the job market.

Denmark is ranked number three, as the highest ranked Scandinavian country, behind Germany on a first place and the UK on second.

The ranking is an indicator for a consensus on the benefits for integrating the affected individuals into society and employment rather than sequestering them into institutions.

Integration and prevention
Denmark stands out on two parameters, in particular:   

  • Denmark sees mental health issues as just as serious as physical health issues. Since the 1990s, Denmark has had a high focus on ways to improve mental healthcare and integration of the afflicted. This continuous effort from both government and society is, according to the report, a key element in the process for a better support for people with mental illness.
  • Denmark scores high on the index of improving work and education opportunities for the afflicted. Countries with high ranking in this area have particular excellence in back-to-work schemes, mechanisms to help people with mental illness to find work as well as occupational health policies and safety regulations that include preventing work-related stress.

The EIU report estimates that mental illness cuts the annual GDP in Europe by 3-4%, and it points out that only ‘few [countries] impose the same magnitude of burdens on both the afflicted and society at large.’

Please read the entire report here.