Mental healthcare in Qatar. As is the case in many countries, mental health service provision in Qatar is not at the same level as that of other healthcare services. There is also still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health issues.
A 2015 study by the Ministry of Public Health found that 60% of respondents felt that the public had little or no awareness of mental health issues. Another study found that 25% of adults who attended a public health consultation had at least one type of mental health disorder.
Facilities are limited, with fewer outpatient facilities, community residential facilities, and beds in psychiatric hospitals than in other high-income countries. However, improved mental well-being forms part of Qatar’s 2018-22 National Health Strategy.
Primary care services are improving, including the development of mental health support clinics, and there has been a recent growth in private counseling and psychotherapy practices.
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