Saturday, October 24

World Mental Health Day : Young Arabs say availing quality mental healthcare is rare to find

World Mental Health Day is observed on October 10.This year, on that day, it was 12th Annual ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Survey which highlight the study of young Arabs on the lack of a way to quality mental healthcare in the zone. The call for states to advance in knowledge and awareness campaigns that make quality mental health care more affordable.
According to this year’s findings, nearly two-in-five (38%) of young Arabs mention that they know someone mental health issues, contrasted to 31% of Arab youth surveyed in 2019.
56%of Arab youth also claims that is hard to get quality medical care for mental health problems in their country. Young Palestinians (85%), Yemenis (80%), and Syrians (77%) are most likely to say that good mental health care is difficult to get.
Moreover, approximately rest of the Arab youth say seeking medical care for mental health issues is seen negatively by most of the people in their country. With the social stigma connected with exploring mental health care being highest in Morocco that is 76% and Lebanon(72%). Libya (70%) is also included.
The 2020 ASDA’A BCW Arab Youth Survey includes 4,000 meetings with young Arab nationals aged 18 to 24 from 17 Arab states in MENA with a 50:50 male-female split, and was finished in two parts: The first Main Survey was carried out between January 19 and March 3, 2020, before the COVID-19 outbreak, fully struck the region. The second, COVID-19 Pulse Survey, between August 18 and 26, 2020. The issues on mental health were asked as part of the main survey.
Sunil John, President of the Middle East of BCW and Founder of ASDA’A BCW, quoted: “Last year, for the first time our survey shed awareness on the topic of mental health, an issue that had not been widely discussed in the region. With the World Economic Forum highlighting that the economic cost associated with mental illness is the largest of any health issue and set to reach US$ 6 trillion per year by 2030 globally, timely access to quality mental healthcare is of critical importance. Yet, as our survey shows this year, the region does not appear to have made much progress in addressing this issue.”

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