Mental health is a state of well-being whereby individuals recognize their abilities, are able to cope with normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to their communities .
One of the main objectives of the psychiatrist is prevention ,treatment and rehabilitation of mental patients and to promote mental health.
The psychiatrists focus on treating mental disorders , leaving aside the problem of mental health. Promoting mental health is equivalent to a better quality of life, satisfaction and happiness leading to augmentation of productivity, creativity and national pride. Poverty and mental disorders, violence and trauma which may lead to: suicide, alcoholism, depression, substance abuse, child/ adolescent development problems and post traumatic stress disorders. A lack of awareness of mental health problems and the absence of mental health services and professionals, even in countries with a high income per capital ,and especially concerning children, seem to pervade the Arab world. About 71% of all people in the world have access to less than one psychiatrist per 100.000 and 46% have access to less than one nurse per 100.00, currently 33% of countries allocate less than 1% of their total health budgets on mental health .Another 33% spend just 1% of their budgets to mental health. Seven good reasons to integrate Mental Health in primary care namely; the burden of mental disorders is great, mental and physical health problems are interwoven, the treatment gap for mental disorders is enormous , primary care for mental health promotes respect of human rights, primary care for mental health is affordable and cost effective , primary care for mental health generates good health outcomes .
The conference will deal with all aspects of promoting mental health and to balance the over teaching of mental health disorders at the expense of under teaching of mental health.
Welcome in Egypt in a period of transition ,free choice, more hopefulness and optimism.
Prof. Ahmed Okasha
President Egyptian Psychiatric Association
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