Brain Health Pillar is focused on the monitoring of people’s overall health status and mental health, and the capacity of the healthcare systems to reach citizens of all ages, genders, and sex. The key indicators to be monitored under this pillar relate to the absence of disorders (e.g., suicide rate), the typical aspects related to health over life (e.g., maternal mortality, child mortality rate, the prevalence of dementia).
Brain Skills Pillar monitors problem-solving ability, flexibility in thinking, emotional/social intelligence, creativity, design-thinking, agency/control (including self-control), confidence, hope and the sense of purpose and meaning in life (eudaemonic dimension of happiness). It will also measure the hedonic dimension of happiness, including mood, worry and other related variables available from the World Happiness Report.
The pillar of the main drivers for brain capital development is related to the environment (i.e. pollution), services (i.e. access to healthcare), as also key socio-economic and demographic factors (i.e. poverty, inequality, urbanization).
“The world is increasingly relying on “brain capital”, where a premium is put on brain skills and brain healthᶦ (e.g. individual’s cognitive, emotional, and social brain resources).”