Malta has 114 psychiatric care beds per 100,000 of the population in 2017, new figures show.
According to the European Data Aggregator EUROSTAT, there are 114 beds per 100,000 of the Maltese population, specifically for psychiatric care.
This placed Malta in 4th position just below Latvia (125), Germany (128) and Belgium (136). This was also 46 more beds than the EU average of 69 per 100,000 people.
The numbers are released in conjunction with World Mental Health Day on the 10th October.
Compared to the rest of its Southern European member states, only Greece appears slightly above the EU average with 73 beds.
Portugal was recorded to have 63 beds per 100,000 of its population, Spain had only 36 beds, Cyprus only 21 and Italy had only 9. Italy was the worst performing country according to the data.
Interestingly, the number of Maltese psychiatric beds has dropped by 42 between 2009 and 2017, from 156 to 114. The figures show that the gradual dropped in gaps of between 2 and 12.