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Creating awareness on mental health: the case of Middle Eastern companies



As the conversation on mental health amplifies worldwide, the topic remains muted in the Middle East, a region where the percentage of people with depression and anxiety disorders has reached a staggering 30 percent of the total population.

A study conducted in 2019 states: “Although mental disorders are a leading cause of disability in the Arab region, which includes 5.54% of the global population, Arab countries produce only 1.0% of the global output of peer-reviewed publications in mental health research.”

The study reveals that the main challenges identified include prevalent stigma and low awareness, scarce institutional and funding resources, insufficient training in mental health research, and shortage of reliable and valid assessment tools, among other challenges.

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