16% of young people in Kuwait suffer from depression.

A survey on mental health in Kuwait revealed that about 16 percent of young people in the country suffer from depression, reports Al-Qabas daily. The study, which was prepared and discussed by the Hero Foundation Service on a sample of 4,372 people, in the presence of the CEO and founder of the “Al-Nowair” Foundation, Sheikha Intisar Al-Sabah, showed that one out of every 3 people under the age of 16, and every 4 people under the age of 30 suffer from depression.

Sheikha Intisar Al-Sabah.

Moreover, out of every three females between the ages of 18 and 39 has been identified among the psychologically distressed who suffer from depression, among the 16% who feel depressed. Sheikha Intisar Al-Sabah told the daily that “at Al-Nowair Foundation we have been promoting the importance of mental wellbeing since 2013 by providing Kuwaiti society with positive tools to empower them and build their resilience.”

She continued saying, “We are firm believers in social behavioral change that always begins with the realization that each of us can adapt to positive habits that, in the long run, enhance our mental well-being as individuals and our development as a nation. She stated that the decision makers from the government and the private sector must work to change society in a way that enhances mental health.

Al-Sabah added that the results of the study show that adolescents and young adults feel more unhappiness due to dissatisfaction, while adults are more optimistic. It showed that those who feel miserable complained of the lack of anyone to listen to them, or they had no one to support them or give them hope, and that their demands focused on improving the standard of life in all aspects.

Al-Sabah called for the need to develop community plans for mental health. The study identified the most prominent factors and reasons that reduce the feeling of happiness among the Kuwaiti population, including stress that dominates life, the feeling of dissatisfaction, and the absence of psychological rehabilitation.

Source- Arab Times.


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