World Mental Health Day

By: Ahmed Al Harthi

BSc in Software Engineering with Multimedia and Masters of Business Administration in Project Management. Ahmed works as an IT manager and content creator at Omanspire.
The World Federation for Mental Health was the first to take the initiative to designate 10th October, for mental health awareness, and this initiative received the support of the World Health Organization. This day is dedicated in countries around the world to spread health awareness among people and inform them of the dangers of psychological stress and its relationship to other diseases, after scientists confirmed that mental health is an integral part of a person’s health condition. Mental health is the basis of human well-being and community life, and World Health Organization statistics indicate that every fourth to fifth person on Earth suffers from psychological disorders and problems. Every second person is at risk of developing a mental illness during his life.

Locally speaking an Omani study in which 1,580 citizens and residents from the various governorates of the Sultanate participated showed that 30 percent of them suffered from symptoms of anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.

In a related context, Dr. Nada bint Abdullah Al-Balushi, a specialist doctor and head of the Medical Rehabilitation Department at Al-Masarra Hospital, explained that women and young people aged 40 years and younger are the most vulnerable to psychological disorders because the nature of women makes them more vulnerable to depression and anxiety in general.

The cases received by psychiatric clinics of all types in the Sultanate’s hospitals, which were published in the Omani newspaper Al-Watan in 2017, was around 5,445 per year, which is not a small amount to be considered.

We also conclude that the presence of such a number of cases in Oman means that psychological disorders are a present phenomenon that cannot be ignored.

However, part of the Sultanate’s interest in mental health is the establishment of Al-Massarah Hospital, which is one of the oldest and most famous hospitals in the psychological aspect. Al-Massarah Hospital is considered the only referral hospital in the Sultanate that provides tertiary health care for psychiatric diseases with a capacity of 245 beds, where psychological treatment is divided into four categories, namely general mental illnesses. The hospital also provides treatment for patients with drug and alcohol addiction.

Reference :
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  • Ahmed Al Harthi

    BSc in Software Engineering with Multimedia and Masters of Business Administration in Project Management. Ahmed works as an IT manager and content creator at Omanspire.

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