April 30, 2020
This section covers information about mental health stigma, access and treatment, and provides recommendations for employers and resources on NGOs/National Campaigns in United Arab Emirates.
While the Middle East region is typically known to have extremely high stigma and challenges related to mental health conditions and access, a recent YouGov survey showed that in the U.A.E. - a country where expatriates outnumber citizens - 72% of respondents would seek help or would suggest seeking help if they or a person they were close to were struggling with their mental health.70
- However, despite a willingness to seek treatment, “more than two in five (44%) say that they would not feel comfortable talking about their mental health, if they were to struggle with it in the future.70
Snapshot of the Health System Landscape
Mental hospital beds: 0.9 per 100,000 population.
General hospital psychiatric unit beds: 2.99 per 100,000 population.
Government mental health spend as % of total health spend
National health insurance or reimbursement scheme includes the care and treatment of persons with major mental disorders (defined as psychosis, bipolar disorder, depression).*
Total mental health workers: 7.25 per 100,000 population
The majority of persons pay nothing (fully insured) for mental health services/psychotropic medicine..
No government-adopted or national policy for suicide prevention strategy
47% of the inpatient population stays for more than a year.
*According to data submitted to the World Health Organization (2017)
- Almost four in ten (38%) would feel embarrassed to deal with it.70
- More than a third (36%) would be “uncomfortable” going to a professional for help.”70
- Respondents felt that openly talking about mental health and well-being the same way one would talk about physical well-being was the best way to reduce or eliminate
Addressing Mental Health in United Arab Emirates
Introduction & Full GuideAddressing Mental Health From a Global and Local Perspective
Part 1Think Global: Strategies that Multinational Employers Use Worldwide
Part 2Act Local: How Access, Stigma and Coverage Vary in Key Markets and Their Impact on Employer Offerings
Part 3Addressing Mental Health in China
Part 4Addressing Mental Health in France
Part 5Addressing Mental Health in India
Part 6Addressing Mental Health in Italy
Part 7Addressing Mental Health in Japan
Part 8Addressing Mental Health in Mexico
Part 9Addressing Mental Health in South Africa
Part 10Addressing Mental Health in Spain
Part 11Addressing Mental Health in United Kingdom
Part 12Addressing Mental Health in United Arab Emirates
Part 13Mental Health Guide: Example Employer Tools and Resources
More TopicsArticles & Guides Mental and Emotional Well-being Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
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