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Medical Corps event brings together mental health experts

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AMMAN — Latest figures from the Family and Juvenile Protection Department showed that 31 percent of domestic violence cases are due to emotional, social, and psychological causes, according to the director of the department, Col. Firas Al-Rasheed.اضافة اعلان

Specialists, meanwhile, stressed the importance of including mental health in Jordan’s primary health care services, according to a report by Al-Ghad News.

Speaking at an event about mental health organized by the International Medical Corps, Rasheed said that “many serious violence cases that the administration deals with are linked to psychological factors such as depression and other psychological disorders, while other causes are related to social and economic motives.”

He stressed the need to provide mental health care and psychosocial rehabilitation, pointing to the integrated services offered by the administration, which include psychological and social support services.

For his part, deputy head of the International Medical Corps delegation in Jordan, Ahmed Al-Jurn, said that “one out of every four people had suffered at some stage in his life from a mental disorder, which means that 2 million people have experienced or will experience some type of mental disorder or distress.”

“We at the corps follow the protection approach in identifying the needs of the individual by evaluating methods of assistance, protection systems, and the quality of services received by the beneficiary,” he said.

He explained that 70 percent of the beneficiaries of protection programs receive specialized psychological services but added that not every case that goes through violence needs psychological care, although many do.

Regarding mental health services, he said that despite efforts being made to increase attention to mental health care in Jordan, only less than 2 percent of the health budgets in Arab countries is devoted to such cases.

“Despite many attempts to support mental health, the opportunities to support specialized psychological programs are decreasing,” Jurn said, contending that it is civil society organizations’ role to help devise new ways to increase access to specialized psychological services.

He expected that the need for mental health and psychosocial support to increase in the coming years.

Head of the Ministry of Heath’s Directorate of People with Disabilities and Mental Health, Malak Al-Auri, said that “mental health care has been included in primary health services,” pointing to efforts being made in terms of training and rehabilitating cadres in health centers.

She said that over the past few years, progress has been made in the field of mental health services, as these services are now available in 52 clinics across the Kingdom.

The services are also provided at public, private, and university hospitals, as well as hospitals affiliated with the armed forces. Medications associated with these treatments are free, she added.

For his part, Director of Family and Protection at the Ministry of Social Development Amer Al-Hyassat pointed to the importance of psychological and social support programs, underlining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children.

He said that there are 20 care institutions operating under the Social Development Ministry, of which four are governmental and 16 are affiliated with the voluntary sector.

He said that specialists provide psychological and social support services in the home, while the most difficult cases are referred to competent authorities.

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