Mental health policy support, needs & Resources in the United Arab Emirates

KEY POINTS:

Even the best health systems are confronted by the significant human and financial consequences of child mental health concerns. Despite recent improvements, the health care system is still unprepared to tackle this issue. The study’s purpose was to give policy recommendations for dealing with childhood mental disorder in the UAE. We conducted a desk review to uncover the root causes of the issue and offer appropriate policy solutions. To address governance, budgetary, and service delivery concerns, three policy options were recommended: ICT, integrated service systems with targeted capacity training, and school based health clinics. Different barriers and solutions have been identified at various levels. Promoting children’s mental health requires continuous progress review, identifying policy gaps, and implementing evidence based therapies.

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