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In Search of the Perfect Mental Health System

In Search of the Perfect Mental Health System

Drawing inspiration from progressive MHA systems abroad

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In Search of the Perfect Mental Health System

In our work within the healthcare community, we are often asked which country provides the best system and services to those dealing with mental health and addiction (MHA) issues. And while the "perfect system" is more of an ideal than an achievable reality, there are great examples that can inspire Canadian healthcare leaders.

Several attempts have been made to compile global ranking tables on MHA performance, yet it is typically challenging to find such data, let alone scale or compare those outcomes in any meaningful way. As a result, there is no definitive answer to "who is best in class?", nor do we lay claim to a scientific approach that can solve that question definitively.

What we can confirm is that MHA issues concern both developing and developed countries. The 2018 Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development found that mental health disorders could cost the global economy $16 trillion between 2010 and 2030. Even still, this critical area of health is still under-resourced in many countries. Though many have made progress in enhancing the education and perceptions around mental illness (e.g., anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression) the persisting stigmas around MHA remain barriers for more structural funding for prevention and treatment.

Therefore, in KPMG's second MHA brief, we provide an overview of the building blocks found in progressive MHA systems, global case studies, and insights we hope will leave you both ready and inspired to take action.

To learn more, read the full report.

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