The burden of mental health in Ireland among the highest in a new EU report

Published every two years, the State of Health in the EU report compares Ireland with other EU countries in a number of categories, including health, risk factors and health system performance.

For the first time this year, the report has a mental health section. It said that while it is difficult to determine the exact number of people with mental health disorders, Ireland’s rate is higher than the EU average.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that over one million people in Ireland had a mental health disorder in 2019, representing 21% of the population.

Not only is it higher than the EU average of 16.7%, but it is also higher than Ireland’s 2016 figure of 18.5%.

Anxiety disorders were the most common and 7.6 percent of the population got them, depressive disorders were 5 percent, and alcohol and drug use disorders were 4.7 percent.

The relatively high prevalence of mental health disorders in Ireland has a significant impact on the well-being of its citizens and has a profound effect on the economy, according to the report.

“It is estimated that … mental health disorders in Ireland lost around 141,500 years of productive life in 2019.

However, the report also found that the suicide rate in Ireland has fallen by almost 12% over the past 10 years.

Suicide is a major public health problem in the EU, including in Ireland, where it accounted for 1.4 percent of all deaths in 2020, according to the report.

Although Ireland’s suicide rates are lower than most other EU countries, over the past decade Ireland’s suicide rates have fallen in line with the trend seen across the EU.

In 2020, Ireland’s suicide rate was 9.6 percent per 100,000 population, which is about 6.1 percent lower than the EU average.

Promoting mental wellbeing and improving services for people with mental health problems are key Government priorities and these figures are a reminder of why it is important to maintain this focus and commitment, Minister for Mental Health and Older People Mary Butler said.

The report also found that Ireland’s reported good health is the highest in the EU.

Although 80 per cent of Irish people reported being in good health, according to the report, this is partly due to Ireland’s younger age profile compared to the EU average.

Cancer was found to be the leading cause of death in Ireland, accounting for nearly three in ten deaths. Lung cancer is still the most common cause of death and causes one in five cancer deaths.

Behavioral risk factors accounted for 35% of all deaths in Ireland and the report found that these risk factors were a major cause of mortality in Ireland.

Smoking caused around 20% of all deaths in Ireland in 2019, which is higher than the EU average of 17%. Dietary risks were also a factor, accounting for 13 percent of deaths. However, the dietary risk was lower than the EU average, which is 17 percent.

Alcohol consumption was associated with 5 percent of deaths, while low physical activity was associated with 3 percent.

According to the report, while adult obesity remained a public health concern, Ireland’s population is becoming healthier.

The prevalence of obesity in Ireland was 21% in 2022, which is higher than the EU average. However, in 2019 it was reported that nearly 33 percent of adults ate five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, which is higher than the EU average of less than 13 percent.

37% of the Irish population reported exercising for at least 150 minutes a day, which is higher than the EU average of 33% and higher than Ireland’s 2014 figure of 29%.

Despite the improvement in alcohol consumption, according to the report, heavy drinking is still a significant risk factor.

One in five adults in Ireland in 2019 reported regular heavy drinking, down from almost one in three in 2014.

In terms of total alcohol consumption per capita, Ireland recorded 10.2 liters per year in 2022, which is higher than the EU average of 9.8 litres.

The report also looked at each country’s healthcare systems. According to the report, the pandemic led to an increase in health spending by more than 12 percent between 2019 and 2021. Per capita health expenditure in Ireland in 2021 was €3,885, which was slightly less than the EU average of €4,028.

According to the report, Ireland spent a third (32 per cent) of its healthcare budget on inpatient care in 2021 and 25 per cent on outpatient care.

According to the study on access to health care, in 2022, 2.6 percent of the population had unmet medical care needs due to excessive costs, travel distance, or waiting times.

This was slightly higher than the EU average of 2.2% and the Irish average in 2019 of 1.7%.

The report also stated that the design of Ireland’s health care system is unusual in the EU in that it does not provide universal health care for all residents.

These country-specific health profiles provide a concise and policy-relevant overview of health and health services in the EU/European Economic Area, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said.

They emphasize the characteristics and challenges of each country in the background of comparisons between countries. They have helped us support decision-making and are an important tool for mutual learning and voluntary exchange, he added.

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