A new research article on mental health indicators in APEC economies has been published in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry.
The research, led by Dr. Michael Kron, psychiatrist with the Medical College of Wisconsin, examined data shared by the World Health Organization (WHO)'s 2014 Mental Health Atlas database, which includes health indicators data from hundreds of countries and all 21 APEC member economies. APEC-specific data were extracted to compare and contrast with data from the six WHO-classified world regions (African, Americas, South-East Asia, European, Eastern Mediterranean, and Western Pacific Regions).
From the abstract:
"All APEC economies continue their individual and coordinated efforts to support the APEC Roadmap to Promote Mental Wellness in a Healthy Asia Pacific (2014–2020) ... Significant challenges for APEC members exist to coordinate regional efforts to improve mental health due to highly variable income levels, existing health infrastructures and social preferences. The findings in this report may serve as a helpful baseline for measuring success within the APEC region by 2020, the year in which progress in support of economic development will be reassessed."
Read the abstract and access the full paper (paid access) here.