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Mental health needs and services in the West Bank, Palestine

Marie, Mohammad, Hannigan, Ben ORCID: and Jones, Aled ORCID: 2016. Mental health needs and services in the West Bank, Palestine. International Journal of Mental Health Systems 10 (1) , 23. 10.1186/s13033-016-0056-8

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Background Palestine is a low income country with scarce resources, which is seeking independence. This paper discusses the high levels of mental health need found amongst Palestinian people, and examines services, education and research in this area with particular attention paid to the West Bank. Methods CINAHL, PubMed, and Science Direct were used to search for materials. Results and conclusion Evidence from this review is that there is a necessity to increase the availability and quality of mental health care. Mental health policy and services in Palestine need development in order to better meet the needs of service users and professionals. It is essential to raise awareness of mental health and increase the integration of mental health services with other areas of health care. Civilians need their basic human needs met, including having freedom of movement and seeing an end to the occupation. There is a need to enhance the resilience and capacity of community mental health teams. There is a need to increase resources and offer more support, up-to-date training and supervision to mental health teams.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Conflict, Mental health system, Health policy, Palestine, Resources, Resilience, Community mental health nursing
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1752-4458
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 7 March 2016
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 13:20

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