Health Minister Wael Abu Faour, center, attends the launching of the National Mental Health Program in Beirut, Thursday, May 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The Health Ministry launched the National Mental Health Program Thursday, kick-starting a multipronged, long-term strategy to integrate mental health into the primary care system.In the first two years, the Health Ministry will prioritize the integration of mental health into primary care and referral to tertiary care.The lack of services and qualified staff, the cost of counseling and prevailing discriminatory attitudes account for the fact that most mental health disorders are not diagnosed or treated.The program will also work toward drafting a policy document encompassing a strategy for mental health, which was commissioned by the ministry and is being carried out by WHO.
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