He has been collecting data on the number of suicides in the UAE for the past three years. Camali Clinic is a nationally recognised multidisciplinary child and adult mental health service in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE. “It is not a deterrent because when someone decides to take their own life, they don’t consider religious or legal matters. Data is very limited and inaccurate because people don’t want to declare it so even the available data currently is not accurate and not useful for us. Often he said, without police intervention, patients suffering with acute episodes will refuse to be admitted into the hospital for treatment. A topic the law does not address, however, is the level of involvement private sector hospitals are afforded when treating mental health patients. 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A new updated Mental Health Act is needed to keep in line with the UAE’s major leaps achieved in healthcare. Governing the practice of psychology. Appeal against decision of head of health establishment on involuntary care, 36. The UAE Psychologist. At Seha's Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, patients suffering from mental health issues such as biopolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression can be referred to a day centre by psychiatrists where they are rehabilitated using group classes such as art, yoga and cooking. (address of declared mental health facility) I further state that the requirements of section 58 of the Mental Health Act 2007 have been complied with by staff of the declared mental health facility and that the affected person has refused or failed to comply with the … "The new law will develop it so that it’s not only treatment but awareness, battling the stigma and we enriched it by involving social bodies such as a social support centre.”. A registry will not only help us track the numbers but also do proper research and run awareness programmes. Dr Al Hassani said the draft has been ready for three years but is awaiting approval from the federal government. “At the hospital, we see two to three attempted suicide cases per month and sometimes we see none at all. According to researchers, women who put in 55 hours or more every week at work are at a higher risk of depression. (address of declared mental health facility) I further state that the requirements of section 58 of the Mental Health Act 2007 have been complied with by staff of the declared mental health facility and that the affected person has refused or failed to comply with the … People detained under the Mental Health Act need urgent treatment for a mental health disorder and are at risk of harm to themselves or others. The police should help us and protect us, and the patients and their families must understand that they are not there to embarrass or punish them but to help us treat them,”. Police involvement will be at the discretion of the medical team. Unless we have a national registry and proper registration and management, the figures we have now are useless.”. "The new law will develop it so that it’s not only treatment but awareness, battling the stigma and we enriched it by involving social bodies such as a social support centre.”. At present, patients requiring admission must be referred to a government hospital. He has been collecting data on the number of suicides in the UAE for the past three years. World Health Organization (2011). It was the first maternal mental health unit in the UAE and also offers support for children, including psycho-educational therapy and art & play therapy. We need to raise the bar to meet the needs of the community,” said Dr Ghanem Al Hassani, Consultant Psychiatrist at Al Ain Hospital. Mental health in the UAE: Limited insurance cover is huge barrier for patients, Mental health issues are rising and we can’t ignore them. “What we want and need is proper police intervention. But our main issue is that we have to report all of them but that doesn’t apply for drug abuse, for example,” he said. “Psychiatrists and psychologists will have a bigger role in laying down treatment plans for people who require intervention and admission.”. He stressed the need to address mental health issues now as doctors have begun to notice an increase of cases among children and young adults between the ages of 14 and 20. Non-government hospitals are not permitted to have inpatient facilities and their doctors cannot involuntarily admit a patient. ABU DHABI // The UAE should pass a mental health act and treatment for psychological disorders should be covered by health insurance, doctors say. “Currently it is more in the hands of the police and judicial authorities but after the law [is passed], we will become partners and the responsibility is shared. The drafted update also does not address the lack of research and statistics available in the country. The UAE has a comprehensive, government-funded health service and a rapidly developing private health sector that delivers a high standard of health care to the population. Current predictions from the World Health Organisation indicate that by 2030 depression will be the leading cause of disease burden globally. You can be detained if professionals think your mental health puts you or others at risk, and you need to be in hospital.