Within the UAE, mental healthcare for conditions such as psychological trauma is still in the developing stage. Even in modern cities such as Dubai, there is still much work to be done to bring facilities and specialists up to international standards. Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor, the director-general of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), has said that the importance of physiological counselling has been a primary focus over the past few years. Due to this change, he said it was essential to send a message that mental diseases such as trauma were like any other ailment, both treatable and preventable.
A Growing Trauma Therapy Industry
Although Dubai currently has a shortage of trained psychiatrists and child therapists, new treatment options are appearing. As well as standard out-patient clinics and home visitations, alternatives such as the Art Therapy International Centre have opened their doors for children suffering from traumatic experiences. These new facilities will supplement the governmentís current initiatives and gradually bring the city up to the desired standards.
There have also been a number of conferences held in Dubai on the topics of psychological trauma and treatment. In 2012, the city hosted the 12th Pan Arab Psychiatric Conference, entitled Mental Health Changes: Violence, Trauma and Recovery. This brought together 500 international experts to discuss health issues with regards to mental and physical trauma. It was hoped this would help overcome the negative social stigma typically associated with these mental health issues. 2012 also saw Dubai hosting the 2nd International Conference on Psychological Sciences to raise awareness on the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Shortfalls in Dubai’s Mental Health Field
With regards to conditions such as psychological trauma, some experts say there is a general lack of awareness among specialists in Dubai about how to provide the proper treatment. In some instances, an individual showing symptoms of PTSD is often seen as an uncooperative case which means the disorder is often left untreated.
This issue is being tackled by organisations such as the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) who hold training workshops on PTSD. Increased awareness and knowledge is certainly needed especially since there were over 400 cases of abused women and children possibly suffering from the illness in the first half of 2014 alone. Additionally, 9.7% of suicide cases were associated with a history of psychological illness or trauma. These individuals may have been saved with better mental healthcare facilities.
Dubai Society and Mental Health
As mentioned previously, there is also a stigma attached to mental illness in Dubai. Linda Sakr, a professional therapist working there, says that this taboo stems from two distinct areas. First, Arab tradition sacrifices individual expression for the honour of the family. Most are afraid to reveal their personal problems to help their family save face. Second, there is a common opinion that only the insane need psychological support. Those needing help avoid asking for it because they don’t want to be tarnished with this label.
Alternatives to Trauma Therapy in Dubai
With these issues, it is no surprise that residents and expats living in Dubai have sought assistance for their mental health problems overseas. Camino Recovery would like to offer our services to anyone seeking international standards of care in an environment free from the stigmas of Dubai society. Our seaside retreat is found close to Malaga in Spain on the scenic Andalusian Coast and boasts modern facilities and a clinical team with more than 80 years of combined experience.
Tailored Trauma Treatment for Emiratis
We understand the complexities of dealing with mental problems such as trauma and will develop a custom plan to help balance your mind and rid yourself of any negative thoughts and behaviour. While staying in our private, tranquil retreat, you will undergo a number of different therapy options designed to uncover the root cause of your psychological issues and help you control your emotions in the future. We aim for long-term recovery, ensuring you can return to Dubai with a happier, healthier and more balanced outlook.
We are located an hour’s drive from Malaga Airport which can be reached after a quick 10 or 11-hour plane flight from Dubai depending on where you transfer. Let us know of your arrival time and we will pick you up and take you straight to the Camino Recovery facilities. While here, you will stay in our private villa and can enjoy the pool, garden and nearby beach while you heal your mind from any psychological issues you may have.