NBK adopts 13 recommendations regarding mental health and submits them to the government

Abu Dhabi: «The Gulf»
The Federal National Council adopted 13 recommendations regarding the issue of mental health promotion, which it had previously discussed in a previous session, and submitted the recommendations at the end of last month to the government to take appropriate decisions regarding them.
The recommendations included, according to an approved parliamentary report, the inclusion of mental health services and essential medicines for psychiatric treatment in the health insurance system, the integration of mental health into all policies and strategies for the education sector and the public community services sector, and the creation of a unified central database at the state level showing the prevalence rates of mental disorders. Classifying it at the level of the governmental, local and private health sectors, and coordinating with higher education institutions to expand the offering of specialized academic programs related to mental health, in addition to including the specialty of psychiatry in the curricula of medical colleges to qualify students to know the basics related to mental diseases and methods of diagnosis and treatment.
The recommendations included adjusting salaries, job privileges and career advancement opportunities for professionals and workers in the field of mental health to attract and motivate the specialized workforce, developing training and qualification programs for specialized cadres in the field of psychiatry, with a focus on specialized competencies in the field of psychiatry for children, addicts and people of determination, and creating and developing health centers and departments and distributing them in a balanced manner in all regions of the country, allocating a budget for research in the field of mental health, especially research directly related to the development and implementation of mental health services, and coordination and follow-up on psychological and social rehabilitation programs by providing temporary care homes for patients with chronic mental conditions, with the aim of alleviating their Families of patients who suffer from nervous tension and stress from caring for the patient for long periods, then preventing mental disorders by preparing initiatives and work programs related to the development of life skills, combating bullying and violence, raising awareness of the dangers of substance abuse, and early intervention for children who show psychological or behavioral disorders.
On the other hand, the Department of Education and Knowledge in Abu Dhabi issued a circular last week to parents of school students, regarding allowing specialists from licensed centers and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to obtain a permit to provide specialized therapeutic services (speech therapy, occupational or psychological therapy) for students in private schools. and educational partnerships schools.
Shatha Saeed Al-Naqbi, a member of the Council, confirmed that this step is in line with a parliamentary recommendation that she made in a previous session last April, during the discussion of the issue of mental health policy, stipulating “coordination between the Ministries of Health and Community Protection and Education to house psychiatrists in schools, and obligating children to visit them during Study stages for periodic follow-up, and educating the community about the importance of mental health.”
During the study of the policy of the Ministry of Health and Community Protection regarding the promotion of mental health in the country, she indicated that the growing phenomenon of societal stigma among mental patients was monitored, due to three factors, the absence of media and educational campaigns for mental patients, the absence of scientific studies to reduce the social stigma of mental illness, and the lack of numbers Physicians and psychiatrists in the country, where the rate of psychiatrists in the country reached 3.12% for every 100,000 of the population, and it was found that 73% of individuals justify the reasons for reluctance to seek psychological treatment by “fear, shame, and a sense of shame on the part of society or those around the patient.”