'It doesn't surprise me that South Africans are in a poor state of health'

South Africa has the world's unhealthiest people, according to the Indigo Wellness Index.

The index covered over 150 countries and focused on 10 key metrics such as alcohol use and blood pressure.

Read: Cape Town drivers are the safest in SA, claims report.

To discuss these findings, South African Federation for Mental Health project leader Nicole Breen speaks to Clement Manyathela on The Xolani Gwala Show.

Before this report, The World's Happiness Report ranked South Africa as one of the unhappiest nations in the world.

Nicole Breen, Project leader - South African Federation for Mental Health

On that basis, it doesn't surprise me that South Africans are in a poor state of health.

Nicole Breen, Project leader - South African Federation for Mental Health

Happiness, which is one of the areas surveyed, was particularly low and it is linked to things like alcohol abuse, tobacco abuse and inactivity.

Nicole Breen, Project leader - South African Federation for Mental Health

Breen says she is not surprised by these findings.

If one looks at available data, it shows that more people who suffer from mental health would smoke or drink alcohol.

There is a dire lack of health services available in the country and the amount of health budget apportioned to things like mental health is minuscule.

Nicole Breen, Project leader - South African Federation for Mental Health

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