Access to counselling improving in Lebanon

HEALTH organisations are making mental health counselling a priority in war-torn Lebanon. 

The country’s first large-scale psychiatric epidemiological study revealed that one-half of the population had experienced war-related trauma and 17% had a mental disorder. 

The non-profit International Medical Corps (IMC) has initiated a program to train GPs in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan to recognise mental disorders and treat non-severe cases. 

Due to constant political upheaval, Lebanon is only one of two Arab states without a designated mental health policy. 

Lancet 2011; 377:707-708