Health in Bhutan is largely measured by its Gross National Happiness Index, which was written into the constitution when the nation became a constitutional monarchy 10 years ago.
Known as the happiest country in the world, Bhutan is now facing high rates of alcoholism and domestic violence since modern technology has shifted Bhutanese identity.
With few resources and only one psychiatric ward in the country, a psychiatrist and journalist are among those spreading awareness of the mental health crisis.
The tiny kingdom of Bhutan, tucked away in the Himalayas between China and India, is known for its innovative Gross National Happiness Index, a measurement tool used to incentivize policies that increase the well-being of its people. When Bhutan became a constitutional monarchy 10 years ago, the index was written into the new constitution as a guiding principle of governance, one deeply rooted in Buddhism.
The country’s tourism council paints an image of a real-life Shangri-La, where visitors seeking a high-altitude paradise will find chiming bells, fluttering prayer flags, crimson-robed monks, staggering mountain views and one of the world’s most unspoiled cultures.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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