|Denmark tops the U.N.'s World Health Organisations' Mental Health Survey statistics( W.H.O. 2004)
for positive mental health and psychological treatment / preventitive care options.
|The U.S. was towards the bottom on the U.N.'s W.H.O. statistics(2004) having poor mental health outcomes, high incidence rates and poor preventitive treatment options.
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children in the U.K. of one per thousand (a hundred fold difference or 10,000% between Denmark and the U.K.)
For Depression which is the largest reported Mental Health problem in the world today again the cross cultural rates are very different.
Denmark had 1,000 per 100,000 adults with severe depression in 2009, compared to 10,000 per 100,000 in the U.K. ( a ten fold difference = 1,000%) and 16,000 per 100,000 in the U.S.( a sixteen fold difference = 1,600%)
So what is happening in Denmark that make it potentially one of the 'Healthiest' countries in W.H.O. (World Health Organisation) tables and the U.S. one of the unhealthiest.
Is it the predisposition in the U.S. to high rates of mental health diagnosis using DSM4 ( soon to be DSM5 with wider spectra) and medication compared to Denmark or due to the social values and models that distinguish the two social systems? in the seminal book," The Spirit Level" 2009 ,Professor Richard Wilkinson et al. suggests that social inequality may be a big factor, as there are state to state variations as well as country to country differences in all these measures.
We need to know the answers to these questions so we can make the right choices here in the U.K. for intervening effectively for the long term benefit of our children and young people.