The Mental Health Foundation of the UK recently published a new international report that reveals that mental health problems are far worse in ‘rich’ nations that are socially unequal.

The study, conducted by the World Health Association,  draws on research from throughout Europe, pointing out  that policy-makers need to realize that marked improvement in mental health and well being will depend on first tackling the gap between rich and poor.

The Guardian has a good article on the study, noting that there is overwhelming evidence that inequality is a key cause of stress, which can manifest itself in many ways most of which are detrimental to society.

It is interesting to note that people who live in countries without gaping income inequities between rich and poor, such as Sweden, tend to be less stressed than those where the gap is quite wide, such as the UK.