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Mental health in Egypt

Mental health in Egypt

Mental Health in Egypt remains the most neglected area of health, yet it is one of the most urgent health priorities.

Egypt, as most of the countries, faces two major challenges: the lack of accessibility to quality mental health services, and the existence of a resilient stigma that creates an invisible wall around the person needing mental health support.

Perceptions towards mental illness remain negative, and instead of being seen as part of human experience.  It is surrounded by shame and fear, which are counterproductive both from a therapeutic standpoint and a social one.

MdM in Egypt is committed to bring mental health services as close to the community as possible and works in two directions to achieve this long term goal: integration of mental health at primary healthcare level and capacity building for local NGOs providing psychosocial support to most vulnerable groups.