Sierra Leone has been ranked 4th among the top 10 countries with the worst emotional health in the world by Gallup.

Sierra Leone is ranked 4th with a score of 50 on Gallup’s Negative Experience Index, which is a composite measure of people’s daily experiences of sadness, stress, worry, anger and physical pain. Higher scores on the index mean more of a population is experiencing these emotions.

“Unhappiness continued to rise worldwide in 2021, as the world overall became a sadder, more worried and more stressed-out place. But in two countries — Afghanistan and Lebanon — more people were living in misery than anywhere else on the planet,” Gallup stated.

“Most of the countries with the highest scores on the Negative Experience Index were contending with some type of economic or political instability in 2021 that is mirrored in their emotional health.”

Sierra Leone has for years been amongst one of the poorest countries in the world with alarming cases of mental health problems, worsened by events like the recent devastating flooding and mudslide.

Fear, panic, stress, stigma, anxiety, isolation, depression are increasingly common feelings among Sierra Leoneans, according to an assessment conducted by the International Medical Corps (IMC).

Checkout Gallop’s ranking of Countries wth the Worst Emotional Health below: