A knowledge report entitled “Make mental quality of life a national priority” prepared by the World Government Summit in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers stressed the importance of governments and countries around the world adopting quality of life, making it a national priority for the phase other. 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 good psychological quality of life as “a state of psychological levels in which the individual realizes his abilities, can face normal life pressures with flexibility of top 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, stressing that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented mental health crisis worldwide, amid bans. , closures, social. distancing measures, job loss, distance education and sudden transfer to distance work; Whereas feelings of loneliness, anxiety and loss of self-confidence are challenges to which governments must intensify efforts to resist and find appropriate solutions to improve the quality of life of people of all ages before considered themselves “normally” psychologically.
Muhammad Yousef Al-Sharhan, Deputy Director of the World Government Summit Foundation, confirmed that the Foundation has established its global position as a knowledge platform for future design 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 challenges that contribute to improving the lives of people and human societies.
He said the report “Making 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 psychological quality of life for individuals and societies, and the importance of support in modern technology in policy making and launching future initiatives that contribute to achieving government goals.
affect 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, noting that through research in partnership with the Global Government Summit Foundation, a number of important recommendations were made to governments to end the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace and the building of resilient societies.
Lina Chedid, Managing Director for Middle East Health, PwC Middle East, said: “Involvement of mental health measures in various policies across the government sector, through a comprehensive approach that links the maintenance of physical and mental health together , is important in reducing Stigma. It also works to raise awareness and give 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 the injured, or that they are rejected by family, friends and work managers and should be fully treated and not neglected as physical illnesses are treated.
Health of the first line of defense
According to the report, the Covid-19 pandemic 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 their children, due to measures of social distancing, avoidance of visits and gatherings, and parents worried about losing their job and the need to coexist 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, to address the challenges of depression, anxiety and loneliness that were often overlooked in the past, due to widespread ignorance and stereotypes about mental health treatment.
The report stressed that governments and policymakers, globally, are increasingly realizing that the impact of the epidemic on mental health needs to be addressed proactively and the necessary solutions implemented to strengthen the mental health of the community.
The report stressed that the continuing impact of the pandemic should constitute 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 a fundamental pillar of sustainable economic recovery. programs, noting the importance of this in developing proactive solutions to the challenges of achieving digital future societies, operates entirely through distance work platforms and social media.
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 great diversity in 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 discussion of their condition by specialists and experts. Psychologists, while Saudi Arabia is interested in social and psychological support to help people cope with the negative feelings of stress and anxiety caused by the “Covid-19” pandemic, through a dedicated telemedicine service that directs callers to a psychotherapist for immediate help.
Realization of the effects of digital services
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 noted the potential of “using digital technologies as an enabler of positive mental health”. Where “Covid-19” has shown a lot how “Zoom”, “Skype” applications and video communication technologies, in addition to social media, can help maintain communication of people regardless of physical distance.
The report stressed that it is possible to measure intangible concepts such as the psychological quality of life; Significant progress has been made in recent decades in developing objective criteria for measuring the level of psychological quality of life in the world, and he noted that although such analytical frameworks measuring quality of life are imperfect, their presence in at the heart of policymaking helps governments identify the health challenges.psychological problems society faces on a daily basis.
The report touched on some experiences in the Middle East region; Many countries are developing psychological quality of life policies, the success of which is monitored through measurable outcomes. Noting that, in March 2016, the UAE launched the National Happiness and Welfare Program; Where federal government offices introduced a range of initiatives designed to improve the quality of life in the workplace and in Saudi Arabia, the psychological quality of life is an essential component of the Quality of Life Program, which developed under the umbrella of the Strategy of 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 a call to identify effective digital solutions in the areas of mental health awareness, tools and self-identification for mental illness. emergency and self-help lines, care support tool, virtual mental health care and access to medical services, development and expansion of incentives to provide access to these products and services, provision of government funding for start-up businesses in the field of quality of life, and honoring and rewarding managers in the public and private sector for their investments in quality of life programs of employees in the work environment.
The full version of the report “Making the psychological quality of life a national priority” can be found at the following link: