Building a Mental Health Care System in Kuwait

In the fall of 2009, Dr. Schuilenberg, a founding member of the Middle East Psychological Association, and her colleagues proposed building a collaborative model of mental health services delivery. This lofty ideal was a huge hill to climb, but the doing of it changed an entire culture’s attitude toward mental illness, psychological disorders, and treatment. Fostering collaboration, encouraging new ideas, investing in finding common ground, and modelling an unshakeable commitment to creating a client-centered process allowed multiple opportunities to craft a successful treatment outcome. This effort shaped…and is still shaping…public discourse in the Middle East about all things mental health. It could be done here.

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