Mental health

A new report on mental health in Ukraine offers a sobering picture of the often-ignored disease burden of mental disorders, which undermine human capital development and total wealth accumulation in a country. The World Bank Group estimates show that unaccounted “intangible capital” such as human capital, constitutes the

largest share of wealth in virtually all countries, more than produced capital and natural resources.

The report is based on a comprehensive mental health assessment carried out in three regions (Lviv, Poltava, Zaporizhia). Evidence suggests that one-third of the Ukrainian population experiences at least one mental disorder in their lifetime, which is significantly higher than the global average. Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is more common among men, while anxiety and depression are more common among women. Poor mental health is also tightly interconnected with poverty... —