The psychological quality of life is a national priority

A knowledge report entitled “Make the mental quality of life a national priority” prepared by the World Summit of Governments in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers stressed the importance of governments and countries of the world adopting the psychological quality of life and making it a national priority for the next phase . , and the need to intensify global efforts and integrate comprehensive mental health initiatives into public health services by 2025.
The report stated that the World Health Organization, in 2018, defined the concept of psychological good quality of life as “a state of psychological levels at which an individual realizes his abilities, can cope with normal life stresses with flexibility high and can work. more productive and is able to achieve contribution and effectiveness in his community. ” “.

He explained that improving the psychological quality of life for members of society has become a matter of public interest, noting that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented mental health crisis worldwide, amid bans , closures. measures of social distancing, job loss, distance education, and the sudden transition to distance work, as feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and loss of self-confidence have become a challenge that governments must intensify efforts to resist and to find suitable solutions to improve the quality of life of people of all ages who previously considered themselves “normal” psychologically.

Muhammad Al-Sharhan: Summit is a knowledge platform for designing the future and a research institution to anticipate change
The Deputy Director of the World Government Summit, Muhammad Yousef Al-Sharhan, confirmed that the World Government Summit Foundation has established its global position as a knowledge platform for designing the future and as a research institution to predict the variables that will determine the parameters. . of the future in the medium and long term, and to find innovative solutions to the challenges that contribute to improving the lives of people and human societies.

He said the report “Make the psychological quality of life a national priority”, in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers, focuses on the need to strengthen government work, support initiatives to improve the quality of psychological life for individuals and societies, and the importance of relying on modern technology in policy making and launching future initiatives that Contribute to the achievement of government goals.
Mental illness and its impact on the global economy
For his part, Hamish Clark, Director of Mental Health at PwC Middle East, said: “Every year, the global economy loses about a trillion dollars in productivity due to mental illness and the pandemic has accelerated this effect, putting in It seems that through the research paper in partnership with the Summit Foundation.Global Government, a number of important recommendations were made to governments to end the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace and building resilient societies.

Lina Shadeed, Managing Director of Health Care in the Middle East, PwC Middle East, said: “Incorporating mental health measures into different policies across the government sector, through a comprehensive approach linking physical and mental health maintenance together, it’s important. in reducing social stigma. It also raises awareness and gives voice to those who suffer in silence. ”

The report clarified the importance of breaking stereotypes in society regarding the issue of mental health to ensure that such challenges are no longer a source of shame or embarrassment for victims, or that they are rejected by family, friends and work managers, and they should be completely treated and not neglected as physical ailments are treated.
According to the report, the Covid-19 pandemic has affected several aspects of mental health worldwide. As the psychological health of the first line of defense was affected during the pandemic, the elderly were separated from the children due to social distancing measures and avoidance of visits and gatherings, and parents were concerned about losing their jobs and the need for coexisting with different lives in the light of the pandemic.
The report showed that in the short term, the economic and social disruption caused by “Covid-19” disrupted or stopped critical mental health services in 93% of the 130 countries surveyed by the World Health Organization between June and August 2020. As the epidemic of forced Chinese society For example, in facing the challenges of depression, anxiety and loneliness that were often neglected in the past due to widespread ignorance and stereotypical treatment of mental health.
The report notes that governments and policymakers, globally, are increasingly realizing that the impact of the pandemic on mental health needs to be addressed proactively and the necessary solutions implemented to strengthen community mental health need to be implemented.
Innovative policies that improve the psychological quality of life.
The report stressed that the continuing impact of the pandemic should be an incentive for governments and decision-makers to develop and implement innovative policies that can improve the quality of psychological life in all sectors of society, as it is an essential pillar for sustainable economic recovery. programs, noting the importance of this in developing proactive solutions to the challenges of achieving the future of efficiently functioning digital societies.
The report showed that awareness of mental health issues has increased throughout the Middle East, especially among young people. The 2019 Arab Youth Survey found that 31% of Arab youth recognize someone with a mental health problem and there is a wide variety of reactions and responses to the treatment of mental illness among the Arab population.
He said that in the UAE, the “National Program for Happiness and Quality of Life” organized a campaign in April 2020 to provide mental health support to all members of society and to help them overcome the psychological impact of pandemic through a hotline to provide immediate assistance to callers and discuss their condition by specialists and psychological experts, while concerned Saudi Arabia is providing social and psychological support to help people cope with negative feelings of stress and anxiety caused by the “Covid-19” pandemic, through a telemedicine service that directs the caller to a psychotherapist for immediate help.

Realizing the effects of new digital services on the mental health of individuals
The report highlighted the importance of realizing the effects of new digital services on the mental health of individuals, before considering how to use technology positively in this area, explaining that research conducted by psychologists Jean Twenge and Jonathan Haidt and colleagues they found a relationship. between the sharp increase in adolescent social media use between 2009 and 2011 and the sharp increase from 2012 onwards in adolescent depression in the UK and US, especially among girls.
He pointed to the possibility of “using digital technologies as an opportunity for positive mental health”, as “Covid-19” has shown much how “Zoom” and “Skype” applications and video communication technologies, in addition to social media, can to help. keep people connected, even though they are physically far from each other.
The report stressed that it is possible to measure intangible concepts such as the psychological quality of life, as in recent decades significant progress has been made in developing objective criteria for measuring the level of psychological quality of life in the world, and stressed that although such analytical frameworks that measure quality of life are incomplete. Being at the center of policy-making helps governments learn about the mental health challenges society faces on a daily basis.
The report touched on several experiences in the Middle East, where many countries are working to develop policies for the psychological quality of life, the success of which is monitored through measurable outcomes. He noted that the UAE launched in March 2016, the National Program for Happiness and Quality of Life, where federal government offices introduced a series of initiatives designed to improve the quality of life in the work environment. Strategy Umbrella Vision 2030 .

The report showed the possibility of “fully integrating comprehensive mental health promotion initiatives into the prevailing public health services by 2025, through deliberate steps that include calling for the identification of effective digital solutions in the areas of mental health awareness tools. mental illness self-identification, emergency helpline and management. ” Self-care, a supportive care tool, virtual mental health care and access to physician services, developing and expanding incentives to provide access to these products and services, securing government funding for start-up businesses in the area of ​​quality of life, and honoring and rewarding government and private sector executives for their investments in employee quality of life programs.

The full version of the report “Making the psychological quality of life a national priority” can be found at the following link:
https://www.worldgovernmentsummit.org/observer/reports/2022/detail/making-mental-wellbeing

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