When it comes to mental healthcare, Bahrain is far ahead of most other Middle Eastern countries. However, this does not mean that it currently offers international levels of care for conditions such as depression as certain advancements still need to be made. A paper in World Psychiatry found that while Bahrain had one of the highest numbers of psychiatric beds and psychiatrists in the region in 2007, the estimated total health budget was too low to provide adequate mental health services for all those who required it.
In the 2011 WHO-AIMS Report, we see that Bahrain has only one mental health hospital. This is the Psychiatric Hospital at Salmaniya Medical Complex in Manama which, in 2010, had more than 250 beds. There are also four facilities for outpatients and two centres for day treatment available elsewhere in the country for those with depression and other illnesses. Unfortunately, there are no community inpatient units or residential facilities operating at present.
Rates of Depression in Bahrain
Although there are no official government figures on the number of people living with depression in Bahrain, there have been numerous studies done that show rates in different demographics. One paper looked at patients in primary care centres and found that 19.3% had lifetime depression and 5.6% had current depression. Of those who suffered from mental illness in the past, only 41% had received treatment.
Research was also done on postnatal depression on mothers in Bahraini primary healthcare centres. It was found that 37.1% exhibited symptoms. The study revealed two risk factors associated with this type of depression: a history of depressive symptoms and a lack of support from the husband.
A third study looked at medical students at the Arabian Gulf University of Bahrain. It was found that 18.87% of first year and 31.88% sixth year students showed some symptoms of depression. There was no significant difference in rates between males and females regardless of the year however.
Barriers to Depression Treatment in Bahraini Society
Despite the above prevalence of depression, not everyone gets the treatment that they require. This is because mental illness in Bahraini society tends to be hidden away. Gulf Weekly reports that fields such as psychotherapy are stigmatised in Bahrain, leading to many avoiding professional assistance.
This attitude leads to a great many negative results. As Trade Asia writes, there has been an increase in the number of attempted suicides by 14 to 20 year olds in Bahrain over the past few years. These are mostly cries for help from those suffering from severe depression or stress. This stigma has also affected local marriages with individuals refusing the initial proposal or requesting a divorce because of known or perceived mental illness. To combat these negative effects, greater awareness through public discussion is certainly required.
International Treatment Options for Bahrainis
In this current healthcare environment, it is not uncommon for locals to seek help with depression beyond the shores of Bahrain. In this way, they can find high standards of care in a setting free from negative social stigma. Camino Recovery can offer all of this and more at our private retreat on the Andalusian Coast in Spain. With our personalised treatment programmes, we will help work out the root cause of your depression while encouraging you to develop positive habits so you can lead a more balanced lifestyle once back in Bahrain.
A Complete Mental Health Package
Our programmes are run by and administered by a team of medical and support staff with more than 80 years of combined experience in the field. We can help with all cases of depression, utilising a range of modern treatments including group therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and equine assisted psychotherapy. These combine together to produce long-term results that ensure you can fly back to Bahrain with confidence that you can integrate into society without any further issues.
Guests staying at Camino Recovery will stay in our private villa, fully furnished with everything they need. As well as lush gardens and a swimming pool, we are also located a few minutes from some of Spain’s best beaches. Our retreat is designed for complete relaxation, putting you in the optimal frame of mind to eliminate your depression. We are situated an hour’s drive from Malaga Airport which can be reached after a 12-hour flight from Manama. A personal driver will pick you up after you have arrived too, making the journey to Camino Recovery that much simpler. This is indeed the best path for Bahrainis seeking assistance with their depression.