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Posted On: 13 June 2018 01:03 pm
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Where to go in Qatar if you or someone close to you is depressed

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Mental illness is common across the world and, according to research undertaken in Qatar, 1 in 5 people experience a mental illness at one time or another in their lifetime, but mental health issues are often misunderstood and frequently surrounded by negative attitudes in Qatar. Changes to mental health service delivery and increasing awareness about mental illness can improve the lives of many in Qatar.

In Qatar, anxiety and depression make up about 17.5% of the mental health disorders that are diagnosed in Qatar, with 20% of these people having severe depression and those most at risk are mostly between 30-40 years of age, but thanks to the ever-growing mental healthcare services in Qatar, almost 80% of patients with mental illness are able to gain treatment and recover.

If you or someone close to you shows symptoms of depression, it is very important to get help as soon as possible. If depression is left untreated, it can be very harmful for the individual as well as those who are caring for such people.

For more information on depression, click on the following link: Depression in Qatar: What is depression and what we can do about it here.

Hospitals and clinics that deal with depression and other mental health disorders

The following is a list of places where you can seek help for depression (in alphabetical order):

1. Al Ahli Hospital

Al Ahli Hospital has a dedicated psychiatric department that helps individuals suffering from mental health issues to overcome the problem and lead happy, fulfilling lives.

It’s team of experts in the field of mental health provide treatment that includes, but is not limited to just psychotherapy, behavior modification techniques and medication, which helps people suffering from depression to cope with their thoughts and overcome the problem. It provides services to people of all age groups either within the psychiatric department or by making home visits, and also provides consultations and counselling for personal and family problems.

Details

Location: Ahmed Bin Ali Street. Wadi Al Sail, Doha - Qatar
Tel:
+974 4489 8888
Fax:
+974 4489 8989
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website: For more information, visit: http://www.ahlihospital.com/index.php/psychiatry/about-clinic/
Timings:
Sunday to Wednesday: 8 am to 9 pm; Saturday and Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm

2. Doha Clinic Hospital

Doha Clinic Hospital’s facilities and services are appreciated and recommended by both Qataris and expatriates. The hospital covers a vast range of insurance companies and is located in the heart of Doha for easy access. It is operational round-the-clock 24/7 365 days a year with fully-equipped ambulance facilities and quality staff.

Doha Clinic Hospital was the first fully-integrated private hospital to open in Qatar and offers first-class medical care which includes psychiatric evaluation and treatment. The dedicated and experienced Psychiatrists in its Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic treat adults (21 years and above) after comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, offer diagnosis and treat a number of mental health problems.

Details

Location: New Al Mirqab Street, Fereej Al Nasr, Doha-Qatar
Tel:
+974 4438 4333
Tel. (appointments): +974 6611 6958
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website: For more information, visit: https://dohaclinichospital.com/departments
Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 10 pm

3. Dr. Aju’s Clinic

Dr Aju’s Clinic is a mental health clinic and counselling centre that was established in Doha at the beginning of 2007. It is run by Dr Aju Abraham, a UK-qualified Consultant Psychiatrist, with years of experience in treating various complex mental health problems, like depression.

The clinic has a strong emphasis on the combination of routine psychiatric evaluation along with psychometric testing for a complete and accurate evaluation and treatment of mental and behavioural disorders. It provides psychiatric treatment to children, adults and older people. It has different treatments available using psycho-pharmacological, psycho-therapeutic and psychological methods for a wide range of problems.

Counselling is also offered for marital problems, work related stress, family dysfunction and various other individual difficulties.

Details

Location: Building no. 66, Al Mashaf Street, Doha - Qatar
Tel: +974 4436 5051
Mobile: +974 6655 4023
Fax: +974 4434 0618
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
For more information, visit: http://www.drajusclinic.com/

4. Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Mental Health Service (MHS)

HMC’s Mental Health Service is Qatar’s main provider of specialized mental health care and its treatment and provides a range of acute and community-based services that include inpatient, consultation/liaison and emergency services. Therapies such as psychology and psychotherapy are also available.

The HMC MHS provides support and treatment to adults, senior citizens, and even children and teenagers who may be suffering from mental health issues like depression or anxiety. It offers a comprehensive assessment to all those who seek help and tries to tailor the service and support offered based on the needs of each individual.

The MHS team

The MHS team include multidisciplinary healthcare professionals dedicated to helping those experiencing mental health problems to recover and lead more fulfilling lives. They use their expertise and resources to deliver professional and compassionate care that is focused on recovery and rehabilitation based on the vision, mission and values aligned with Qatar’s National Mental Health Strategy of 2013 – 2018 - a framework designed to aid improving the lives of individuals and families in Qatar and building a strong, successful nation.

The MHS and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC)

The MHS works closely with the PHCC and other healthcare providers in Qatar to help patients on the journey towards better health. In most cases, the first step to getting professional help is to visit the local PHCC and see a doctor there. Most family doctors are trained to listen to mental health concerns and, if needed, will give a referral for an expert who will provide further assessment and diagnosis. An assessment by a trained healthcare professional is important to help establish the nature of these symptoms and determine how best HMC help the individual get better. A large number of individuals receive their care and treatment in the PHCC if the condition is not too serious but ongoing care and treatment may also be offered at HMC’s residential centre depending on the nature of the individual’s mental health issues. A small number of people may need to stay in the hospital to support their recovery and some people may require long-term care and support. The assessment will help determine the right type of care and treatment that should be provided.

Details

Location: Salwa Road, Next to The Centre, Doha - Qatar
Tel:
+974 4439 5777
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
For more information, visit: https://www.hamad.qa/EN/Hospitals-and-services/HMC-Mental-Health-Service/Pages/default.aspx

5. The International Medical Centre

The International Medical Centre provides psychology and counselling services that include of a range of therapy options like counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, relationship / couples / family counselling, coaching and mindfulness therapy to adults, couples, children, young people and families. It’s experienced clinically qualified psychologists provide a totally private, confidential and non-judgemental environment to challenge unhelpful thoughts and assumptions, and give the individual suffering from mental health related-problem like depression the tools to shift behaviours to break the negative cycle and improve emotional resilience and well-being

Details

Location: 14 Sahat Street, Jelaiah, Duhail, Doha - Qatar
Tel:
+974 4488 4292 / 16060
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website:
For more information, visit: http://theimcentre.com/psychology-counselling/
Timings:
Sunday to Thursday: 8 am to 6 pm

6. Naseem Al Rabeeh Medical Centre

Naseem Al Rabeeh's Psychiatry division givesdiagnosis, treatment and interception of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders for adults, children and adolescents, and provides them specialised care to overcome their illness.

Details

Website: For more information, visit: https://naseemalrabeeh.com/psychiartry.php
Location:

1. C-Ring Road, Doha - Qatar
Tel: +974 4465 2121 / 4465 5151
E-mail:
[email protected]
Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 7 am - 12 am (midnight); Friday: 8 am - 11 am, 1 pm - 11 pm

2. Al Nuaija - Hilal, D Ring Road, Doha - Qatar
Tel: +974 4431 6633 / 3314 3735
E-mail:
[email protected]
Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am to 8 pm

3. Street No. 405, Ermaila Street, Behind Ansar Gallery, Al Rayyan, Doha - Qatar
Tel:
+974 4444 0725 / 4444 0726
E-mail: [email protected]
Timings:
Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 10 pm, Friday: 3 pm - 10 pm

7. Turkish Hospital

The Psychiatry Department at the Turkish Hospital is known for its standard of excellence in healthcare. It remains steadfast in its commitment to treat patients with respect and dignity, and providing them the highest-quality mental health services in a professional and compassionate manner.

Details

Location: C - Ring Road, Doha - Qatar
Tel: +974 4499 2444
Fax: +974 4499 2448
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.turkishhospitals.com/
Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm - 8 pm (everyday; Friday: emergency service)

8. Sidra Medicine Department of Psychiatry

Sidra's Department of Psychiatry provides world class excellence in clinical care, teaching and education and biomedical research for the women and children of Qatar. Their mission is to improve the quality of mental health services in Qatar by putting the service user and their families at the centre of their care.

The Department of Psychiatry has two divisions: 1. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAMHS); and 2. Perinatal Mental Health. Both divisions have world-class doctors, psychologists, nurses and support staff who provide outstanding clinical care to children, women and families. The faculty is also involved in number of cutting edge research projects including Autism, ADHD, Perinatal Depression and Anxiety, Genetics, Neuroimaging and interface of psychiatric issues with chronic medical illness.

Details

Location: Al Gharrafa Street, Al Rayyan, Doha, Qatar
Tel: +974 4003 3333
Website:
For more information, visit: https://www.sidra.org/clinics-services/department-of-psychiatry/

9. Weyak

A non-profit association known as The Mental Health Friends Association, ‘Weyak’ is a local Doha-based organisation specifically established to help those suffering from various forms of mental illness in Qatar, like depression, anxiety, etc. Besides providing free counselling services to anyone seeking help through online and telephone counselling, Weyak ensures their privacy is protected; callers are not required to identify themselves. Raising awareness on mental health issues, the organisation strives to raise awareness in the community on the importance of good mental health through programmes that encourage people to make lifestyle changes. It also seeks to promote a positive outlook while persuading individuals to look beyond their limitations and circumstances. It encourages people to seek help rather than hide from mental illness.

Weyak takes a multi-pronged approach in working towards spreading awareness within the Qatari society on matters of mental health, while helping to reduce the stigma attached to mental health. It publishes information on the subject regularly, screens relevant films, conducts lectures and workshops, and also advocates its cause through social media.

Weyak services have helped save the lives of people with suicidal tendencies. When people wish to avail of the online counselling service offered by Weyak, they can use their phone-in service or post their question on the website; these questions and problems are then reviewed and answered by qualified specialists. The assistance offered is not limited to those suffering from the illness but is also extended to the caregivers of those affected by the condition.

Details

Location:
Tel: +974 4487 8766 / 4487 8799
Consultation Line: +974 4487 8722 - 4800 9395 (Saturday to Wednesday: 3 pm - 9 pm
E-mail:
[email protected]
Website: For more information, visit: www.weyak.qa
Office timings:
Monday to Wednesday: 5 pm - 8 pm; Sunday and Thursday: 8 am to 1pm

It is very important to understand that if you or a loved one is showing signs of depression, seek help immediately. Please do not hesitate; please do not wait. Do let us know if you find this post helpful and what you think in our comments section.