The Arab Institute for Women


Mental Health in Lebanon: A Right Requiring Urgent Intervention

The Arab Institute for Women (AiW) at the Lebanese American University (LAU) is launching a series of four mini policy briefs based on interviews with experts in the fields of health, psychology, education, and economics in order to address the major repercussions of the economic and public health crises dominating Lebanon. The insights revealed in these concise briefs serve as a potential precursor to prompt action in support of Lebanon’s healthy recovery.

This is the second policy brief of the series, that tackles the perception of mental health in Lebanon as well as the heightened mental health complications that citizens shoulder amid the twin crisis. The brief is based on interviews conducted with Mia Atoui, Clinical Psychologist and Co-Founder and Vice President of Embrace – a pioneering local non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to raising public awareness on mental health in Lebanon – and Nour Kik, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator of the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) at the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).