18 Jul 2017 - 2:10
Public Health Strategy focuses on mental health
Mental health and wellbeing is one of the priority areas in Qatar Public Health Strategy 2017-2022, with the focus on encouraging people to speak openly about mental health and to seek help early.
The mental health objectives of the Public Health Strategy have been designed to complement and build on the National Mental Health Strategy, which was launched in 2013 with the vision: Good mental health and wellbeing for the people of Qatar, supported by integrated mental health services with access to the right care at the right time, and in the right place.
The World Health Organization (WHO) global estimates suggest that mental health disorders affect more than 1 in 4 people in the course of their lives and about 1 in 10 adults at any one time.
The most common disorders being depression and anxiety. Globally, the total number of people with depression and anxiety is estimated to exceed 300 million.