Qatar eyes plan to combat mental health problems

Coinciding with World Mental Health Day, the Gulf state will begin an initiative to raise awareness and provide immediate treatment

(photo for illustrative purposes only)

(photo for illustrative purposes only)

Mental illness is a common concern across the globe and research in Qatar estimates that at least one in five people experience a mental health episode at some point in their life.

The Peninsula reported that this issue can affect anyone at any time in their life and has a significant impact on society, the individual and family alike.

“There is strong recognition in Qatar of the importance of mental health in enhancing our population’s health and well being,” said the minister of health and secretary general of the supreme council of health (SCH), HE Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani.

Al Qahtani said that Qatar’s public and private health service providers are united behind an integrated plan to promote mental health and increase access to quality services for the needy.

Mental illness such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are global health concerns, but many people are not receiving the treatment and support they need, the report said.

“Effective treatments are available and early detection will ensure the greatest chance of recovery and restoring quality of life,” concluded Dr. Suhaila Ghuloum, senior consultant psychiatrist of Hamad Medical Corporation.

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