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2.5% of health care expenditures in Bulgaria allocated for mental health in 2019.


The total costs of mental health care services (direct and indirect) in Croatia amount to HRK 13.5 billion. (2015)5


11.4 per 100,000 inhabitants in Czech Republic died from suicide or self-harm.7


16 psychiatrists per 100,000 inhabitants in Estonia.3


7% of people in Hungary aged over 15 are living with depression (2021).4


14.6 % of people in Latvia aged between 15 and 64 are living with depression.9


24 psychiatrists per 100,000 inhabitants in Lithuania, compared with the EU average of 17.6


In Serbia, there is no public information on how much money (directly or indirectly) is allocated annually for mental health.8


3.1-3.3% of Slovakia’s total health expenditure is spent on mental health (2017)1


4.3 % of people in Slovenia [aged over 15] are living with depression.2


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