Oct 13, 2021 / by admin / in: Blog
If you use the Internet for long periods, you must have come across the latest news about the number of suicidal deaths that has been increasing in the past couple of years. According to a study made by the Ministry of Health, 25% of Egyptians suffer from mental health issues. Surprisingly, people living in the rural regions had higher rates of depression and anxiety than the urban population.
Getting mental health and psychiatric help is quite challenging in Egypt. From detecting the problem to finding the right Psychotherapist, it might take a while for someone to realize that they have a problem.
As stated by the World Health Organization, “Most resources are allocated to a few large centralized psychiatric hospitals. However, the number of beds available for psychiatric patients is still inadequate for provision of acute inpatient care, particularly as 60% of the beds are occupied by long-stay patients.”
But the awareness campaign launched by the ministry of health is a new lease of life. The campaign launched on 10 October 2021 is made to last for 30 days during which, a sports day for patients and awareness seminars will be organized. The campaign launch at the Abbasiya Hospital for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment. It will be held in many other hospitals like Sohag Hospital for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment, and the Belsafoura Center for Addiction Treatment in Sohag.
Mental Health in Egypt
According to a door-to-door household survey of 14,640 adults aged 18-64 years in 5 regions in Egypt conducted by PubMed in 2009, “Overall prevalence of Mental disorders was estimated at 16.93% of the studied adult population. The main problems were mood disorders, 6.43%, anxiety disorders, 4.75%, and multiple disorders, 4.72%.”
How Healthcare Awareness Campaigns Can Help
Healthcare awareness campaigns help to distribute important healthcare messages to large populations. It is critical for everyone as it acts as awareness for the public from problems they are subjected to. It helps
- Educating people about how mental illness can affect their personal life.
- Reduce the embarrassment associated with suffering from mental illness.
- Reach out to those who are suffering.
- Teach people to recognize early signs and risks of mental illness.
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