The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in collaboration with partners hosted an event at MOPH to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing as a part of a series of national activities to raise awareness and to change the negative perception and the social stigma associated with mental disorders in society.
Mental Health and wellbeing is one of the seven priorities outlined in the National Health Strategy 2018-2022, therefore raising awareness is an important factor in reducing stigma, which is the goal of the NHS in addition to the awareness of the mental health services available.
The Ministry and its partners in the health sector organized the event to raise awareness about mental health through a series of short presentations that were given by partners highlighting the mental health services provided and Acting Director of the National Mental Health Office at MOPH Susan Clelland stressed the importance of raising awareness of mental health.
Deputy National Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing and Executive Director of Operations at Primary Health Care Dr Samya Ahmad Al-Abdulla discussed the first line screening that is being done. She also informed participants of the mental health services available in PHCC highlighting the availability of psychological therapies within their Support Clinics.
Dr Samya stated "Our regional psychology support clinics deliver care closer to the community, playing a lead role in enhancing mental health care services, improving access, quality, and outcomes. The important of integrating mental health services not only improves access but aims to reduce stigma, which allows our frontline staff to deliver Prevention and early detection of Mental Disorders."
The Ministry of Health event also included an overview of Sidra's psychiatric services, including child and adolescent mental health services and perinatal mental health services.
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