Global Health Worries 2023: Mental Health Takes the Lead

Mental Health

In a recent Ipsos Global survey titled Health Service Monitor 2023, mental health emerged as a key concern for people worldwide. The survey encompassed responses from 31 countries, revealing that a whopping 44% of participants considered mental health to be the most worrisome health issue. Following closely behind was cancer, claiming the second spot with 40% of respondents expressing concern.

Stress Trails Mental Health in the Worry Race

Right on the heels of mental health concerns, stress secured the third position as the most worrying health issue for 30% of respondents. The survey shed light on a spectrum of health worries, including lifestyle-related concerns like obesity, drug abuse, diabetes, and alcohol misuse.

Lifestyle-Related Mental Health Concerns: A Close Follow-Up

Beyond mental health and stress, respondents also expressed worries about lifestyle-related health issues such as obesity, drug abuse, diabetes, and alcohol misuse. These concerns highlight the growing awareness of the impact of lifestyle choices on overall well-being.

Less Worrisome Health Issues

In contrast, health issues like heart disease, COVID-19, smoking, dementia, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and hospital superbugs were considered less worrisome, garnering lower proportions of concern among respondents.

Here’s a breakdown of the top 14 health concerns according to global respondents (July-August 2023):

  1. Mental Health: 44%
  2. Cancer: 40%
  3. Stress: 30%
  4. Obesity: 25%
  5. Drug Abuse: 22%
  6. Diabetes: 18%
  7. Alcohol Misuse: 17%
  8. Heart Disease: 15%
  9. COVID-19: 15%
  10. Smoking: 12%
  11. Dementia: 8%
  12. STIs: 4%
  13. Hospital Superbugs: 3%
  14. Other Health Issues: 2%

Global Perceptions of Healthcare Systems

Apart from individual health concerns, Ipsos also explored perceptions of healthcare systems globally. A noteworthy 48% of respondents globally believed that their country’s healthcare system was good. Singling out countries with the most positive perceptions. Singapore topped the list with 71%, followed by Switzerland with 68%, and Malaysia with 66%.

Survey Methodology and Respondent Demographics

The Ipsos survey engaged 23,274 adult respondents across 31 countries from July 21 to August 4, 2023. In Indonesia, respondents fell within the 21-74 age group.

Conclusion: A World of Health Worries and Varied Perceptions

The survey not only illuminates the prevalent health concerns on a global scale but also reflects diverse perceptions of healthcare systems. Mental health, taking the lead in worries, underscores the increasing recognition of the importance of mental well-being in today’s fast-paced world. As we navigate these health concerns, it becomes imperative to foster open conversations, implement effective healthcare strategies, and continue raising awareness about the multifaceted nature of well-being.