Not sure if you have seen the story which I think was originally in Forbes about worlds happiest countries. Here is link--http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-37522775
It would seem like the US might look at this and learn something. In all these places people seem to trust their government, have a sense that the people of their country collectively care about one another, have nationalized healthcare, low violence and relatively high per capita income. And amazingly in one of these countries, Finland, they are doing what I consider cutting edge treatment of serious mental illness. Finland has had a National Schizophrenia Project since the 1980's and they have developed a method of treatment called Open Dialogue Treatment. I am a social worker with extensive experience working in mental health and am appalled that a little country like Finland is developing treatment which is highly effective bringing people suffering from various psychotic disorders back to a positive functional level and is not dependent on getting them on and keeping them on medication. Unfortunately in the USA since healthcare is all about everyone making a profit we will have to fight to have anyone even consider such a treatment method. It would be a threat to drug companies and psychiatrists income statements.