Recent Statistics Show 20% of Kuwait's Population Is Depressed

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 11 October 2023 Last update: Friday، 13 October 2023
Recent Statistics Show 20% of Kuwait's Population Is Depressed

The Kuwait Center for Mental Health, part of the Ministry of Health, shared important insights about mental health in Kuwait. They noted that many people in Kuwait, about 20% of the population, experience depression each year.

Additionally, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, though less common, still affect a small percentage of the population.

These findings were discussed during an event on World Mental Health Day, emphasizing that mental health is a basic right. Dr. Kholoud Al-Ali, the Center's Director, expressed satisfaction with the Ministry of Health's efforts to expand mental health services, focusing on individual mental well-being.

These services include diagnostics, therapy, recreational activities, daycare, and support for practical skills.

The Kuwait Ministry of Health has recognized mental health as an essential part of public well-being, reinforcing it by establishing mental health clinics in primary care centers.

Dr. Najah Al-Enezi, Head of the Emergency Unit at the Kuwait Mental Health Center and Head of the Psychiatry Department at Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital, noted a positive shift in societal perception, with reduced stigma towards individuals facing psychological challenges, thanks to increased awareness about mental health.

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