Fez - 48.9% of Moroccans suffer or have suffered from mental illness.
Fez – 48.9% of Moroccans suffer or have suffered from mental illness.
Minister of Health Houcine El Ouardi revealed some shocking figures about the mental state of Moroccans, claiming that 48.9 percent of Moroccans are suffering or have suffered from a psychological disorder.
On Tuesday, January 27, during an oral questions session in the second chamber of the House of Councillors, the Minister answered many questions concerning psychiatric services in the country, and said, “48.9 percent of Moroccans suffer or have suffered from psychological disorder; 26.5 percent of Moroccans suffer from depression; and 14 percent of Moroccans have attempted suicide at least once.”
The Minister acknowledged the lack of infrastructure in hospitals to treat psychological illnesses. However, he announced “the imminent establishment of three regional psychiatric hospitals to be able to host 3,400 beds instead of 2453 beds currently existing.” In addition to this, the lack of specialized and qualified psychologists in the Kingdom places a burden on efforts to find concrete solutions to the problem.
The Minister said, “100 psychologists graduate each year from Moroccan medical schools.”
Morocco faces major challenges in its attempt to reassure concerned citizens of efforts being made to address the needs for psychological and medical treatment for those suffering from mental illness.
Although many associations provide help in terms of clothing and housing, most suffering from mental illness do not receive adequate, if any, professional treatment.
Morocco is striving to improve its mental health institutions, as well as provide special training for professionals to help mentally ill people return to a life with opportunities.