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The National Mental Health Programme
The National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) was launched in May 2014 within the Ministry of Public Health with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and International Medical Corps (IMC), with the aim of reforming mental health care in Lebanon and providing services beyond medical treatment at the community level, in line with Human Rights and the latest evidence for best practices.
 
NMHP Vision: All people living in Lebanon will have the opportunity to enjoy the best possible mental health and well-being.  
  
Working towards this vision, the NMHP has launched in May 2015, after a process involving all key stakeholders in the country, a Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention, Promotion, and Treatment Strategy for Lebanon for the period of 2015-2020. 
 
Mission: to ensure the development of a sustainable mental health system that guarantees the provision and universal accessibility of high quality mental health curative and preventive services through a cost-effective, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach, with an emphasis on community involvement, continuum of care, human rights, and cultural relevance. 
 
The implementation of this Strategy is successfully ongoing since its launching.
 
The NMHP has also coordinated the development of the "Inter-ministerial Substance Use Response Strategy for Lebanon 2016-2021" launched jointly in December 2016 by the ministries of Public Health, Social Affairs, Interior and Municipalities, Justice and Education. The implementation of this Strategy has been initiated.

The Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and International Medical Corps (IMC), launched on the 14th of May 2015 the Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention, Promotion, and Treatment Strategy for Lebanon 2015-2020.



With the vision that all people living in Lebanon will have the opportunity to enjoy the best possible mental health and wellbeing, the mission driving the Strategy is:

To ensure the development of a sustainable mental health system that guarantees the provision and universal accessibility of high quality mental health curative and preventive services through a cost-effective, evidence-based and multidisciplinary approach, with an emphasis on community involvement, continuum of care, human rights, and cultural relevance.

The strategy document was the result of a participatory process involving all actors in the field of mental health and substance use in Lebanon as well as international experts. The strategy underwent many stages of consultations to ensure that it addresses all national priorities identified by the main actors in the field. 

To download the strategy, please click on the link below:

Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention, Promotion and Treatment Strategy for Lebanon 2015-2020

The “Inter-ministerial Substance Use Response Strategy for Lebanon 2016-2021” was launched by the Ministries of Public Health, Social Affairs, Education and Higher Education, Interior and Municipalities and Justice in December 2016.The domains of action of the strategy cover all the spectrum of response to substance use (alcohol, drugs and tobacco use): the prevention of substance use disorders; the harm reduction, treatment, rehabilitation and re-integration into society of persons with substance use disorders, and supply reduction.
 
The strategy aims at:
  1.  Increased availability of high quality age and gender sensitive prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, social re-integration and harm reduction services and
  2.  Increased accessibility to these services,
  3.  Increased protection of human rights of persons with substance use disorders, and
  4.  Increased efficiency and effectiveness of supply reduction activities.
 
The achievement of the above goals will assist on the long-term in:
  • Decreasing prevalence of substance use disorders
  • Delaying the age of onset of substance use
  • Decreasing the prevalence of communicable diseases among People Who Inject Drugs
  • Decreasing the number of overdose cases
  • Decreasing the stigmaaround persons with substance use disorders
To download the strategy, please click on the link below:
Inter-ministerial Substance Use Response Strategy for Lebanon 2016-2021

To download the press release of the Strategy launching, please click on the link below:
Press Release: Launching of the Inter-ministerial Substance Use Response Strategy for Lebanon 201-2021
 
Type Signature Number Date Topic Document
Circular Director General 64 12-06-2017 Projects related to MHPSS and substance use in Lebanon Circular number 64: Projects related to MHPSS and substance use in Lebanon
Circular Director General 48 12-06-2017 Regulation of research in the field of mental health Circular number 48: related to the regulation of research in the field of mental health.

Recruitment criteria for professionals working in mental health in humanitarian settings

As part of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Task Force (MHPSS TF) action plan set every year to address challenges faced in MHPSS work, recruitment criteria for mental health professionals working in the humanitarian field were developed with the aim of ensuring that professionals with the minimum needed qualifications are employed.
These criteria are recommended to use by all organizations operating in this field in Lebanon

To download the recruitment criteria, please click on the link below:
Recruitment Criteria for Professionals Working in Mental Health in Humanitarian Settings-V.1

 
The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Task Force is a coordination body chaired by the Ministry of Public Health and co-chaired by WHO and UNICEF, which comprises around 60 organisations working in the MHPSS response (UN agencies, local and international NGOs and ministries).

Its mission is to ensure an effective, coordinated and focused inter-agency response to the MHPSS needs of the persons affected by the Syrian crisis and the host population in Lebanon through identifying and addressing the gaps, promoting the importance of MHPSS at all levels as well as developing standards and building the capacity of the MHPSS sector.

To achieve this mission, an annual action plan is developed by the task force to focus its work on addressing the identified gaps and priorities.

The task force meets on a monthly basis at central level in Beirut and at regional level in the Bekaa, in the North, and in the South.

Timings of meetings

Area Day Timing Location
Central (Beirut and Mount-Lebanon) Second Tuesday of every month 2pm-3pm WHO conference room (-1), Lebanese University General Directorate (Glass Building), Mathaf
South First Tuesday of every month 10am-11am Alternating locations between Saida, Sarafand and Sour
North First Wednesday fo every month 2pm-3pm Restart Center, Tripoli
Bekaa Fourth Tuesday of every month 12pm-1pm UNHCR, Zahleh

Terms of Reference

National Mental Health campaign 2015

"My Mental Health is my Right"

The Ministry of Public Health launched on November 10, 2015, the National Mental Health Campaign 2015 "My Mental Health is my Right". 

Watch the campaign awareness video: 
"My Mental Health is my right"

Read the informational brochure about mental health:
Informational Brochure- My Mental Health is my Right


Read the press release of the national mental health campaign 2015:
Press release


 

National Mental Health Campaign 2017

"Depression: Let's Talk About It to Get Out of It"

The Ministry of Public Health launched on April 7 the National Mental Health Campaign 2017  "Depression: Let's Talk About IT to Get Out of It" on the occasion of World Health Day. 

Watch the campaign awareness video: 
Read the informational brochure about depression:


Informational Brochure-Depression

View the list of Primary Health Care Centres and university hospitals where you can access mental health services:
 

View the poster of the campaign:
Poster- Depression 

Watch the Documentary about "Mental Health in Lebanon: Vision and Achievements"

 

 
The National Mental Health Program (NMHP) newsletter is a quarterly publication which provides up-to-date news and information about the NMHP activities.
Would you like to subscribe to the NMHP newsletter mailing list?

By subscribing to the newsletter you can see at a glance interesting updates, projects and events related to mental health in Lebanon.
Subscription to the newsletter e-mail list is open to all individuals who are interested in mental health in Lebanon. Subscribing to this list means that you will receive regular e-mail messages containing the latest newsletters.

Please fill out the form below to subscribe to the NMHP newsletter:
NMHP newsletter subscription form

 

Assessments

Assessment of mental health and psychosocial support services for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

This report presents results, main findings and recommendations from the assessment conducted in August-September 2013 for the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services provided for Syrian refugees in Lebanon commissioned by UNHCR. The objectives of this assessment were:
-Reviewing existing data on MHPSS provided for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
-Mapping the NGOs providing MHPSS services in Beirut, Bekaa, South and North Lebanon (4Ws).
-Assessing the conformity of programmes and services to international guidelines such as IASC guidelines, Psychological First Aid and the WHO mental health Gap Action Programme intervention guide (mhGAP-IG), taking into consideration the accessibility, the acceptability, the affordability and the quality of care.
-Assessing the coordination between different actors.
-Analysing existing models, highlighting the gaps, reflecting on the particular context of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and provide practical recommendations to UNCHR.

Assessment of mental health and psychosocial support services for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Articles

Letters to the editor- Lancet Journal - on the Syrian crisis and mental health system reform in Lebanon

These two letters to the Editor, published in the Lancet Journal, provide an overview of the situation in Lebanon amidst the Syrian crisis and the resilience of the health system against all odds. They particularly shed light on the establishment of a national mental health programme and the launching of a mental health system reform in Lebanon, as an example of turning adversity into positive change. The factors that have led to this growth are highlighted. The authors nevertheless warn about the importance of bearing in mind the major impact that social determinants have on mental health and stress that effective action for mental health will be hindered unless these determinants, such as ongoing conflict, displacement and socio-political injustices, are addressed.

1.Syrian crisis and mental health system reform in Lebanon-Correspondence- Vol384- Lancet Journal-August2014
 2.Mental health reform in Lebanon and the Syrian crisis. Correspondence- Vol3- Lancet Journal-March2016

Developing an inter-ministerial substance use response strategy for Lebanon: process, content and lessons learned

This article indicates that evidence on substance use in Lebanon shows an increase in usage, limited availability and accessibility to evidence-based services, and high level of stigma and discrimination. In line with the “Mental Health and Substance Use Strategy for Lebanon 2015–2020”, the Ministry of Public Health initiated the process of developing a strategy focused on substance use response to address these challenges in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and Higher Education, Interior and Municipalities, Justice and Social Affairs. The result of this process was a strategy launched jointly by the ministries including six domains of action covering the whole spectrum of substance use response with strategic objectives addressing the identified challenges.

Download Developing an inter-ministerial substance use response strategy for Lebanon: process, content and lessons learned

Lebanon: mental health system reform and the Syrian crisis

This article, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, provides an overview of the mental health situation in Lebanon amidst the Syrian crisis. Research involving refugees conducted in Lebanon since the onset of the Syrian crisis points to a clear increase in mental disorders in the young and adult Syrian refugee population in association with that crisis. At the policy level, despite the great strain on its health system, Lebanon has undertaken a reform of the mental health system through the implementation of a 5-year national mental health strategy which aims at improving the opportunities for better mental health and wellbeing for all persons living in Lebanon, regardless of nationality.

Download ​Lebanon: mental health system reform and the Syrian crisis

Policy briefs

Turning Adversity into Opportunity: the Syrian Crisis and Mental Health Reform in Lebanon

Policy brief highlighting main policy recommendations related to the mental health system reform in Lebanon.

Reports

WHO-AIMS Report on Mental Health System in Lebanon 2015

The World Health Organization Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS) was used to collect information on the mental health system in Lebanon.

This included assessment of the policy and legislative framework; mental health services; mental health in primary health care; human resources; public education and links with other sectors; and monitoring and research.

The goal of collecting this information is to enable policy makers to develop information-based mental health plans with clear base-line information and targets.

This assessment took place between February 2015 and July 2015, and data retrieved is based on the year 2014 and collected from facility, district/regional, and national levels. 

Mappings of services

The “4Ws” in Lebanon: Who’s Doing What, Where and Until When in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

 

Report of the mapping exercise conducted by the National Mental Health Programme for the year 2014 using the WHO “4Ws” mapping tool, which is an essential component for locating, assessing, coordinating and planning MHPSS services.

The report compares the 2014 results to those of the previous and first mapping exercise of the 4Ws in Lebanon published in the December 2013 UNHCR commissioned report, "Assessment of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon" to display the changes in service delivery.
 
The report concludes with a set of recommendations in relation to five main domains: training, service provision, research, coordination and the future “4Ws” mappings. 
 

Episode 1 of the “Ask the Policy Expert” Webinar Series with the head of the National Mental Health Programme

" Ask the Policy Expert" webinars are a series of webinars organized by the Mental Health Innovation Network to discuss each major objective of the WHO’s comprehensive mental health action plan 2013-2020, to learn more about the approaches used by policy makers to implement mental health programs and how policy makers are aiming to achieve the action plan targets.
Dr Rabih El Chammay, Head of the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP), Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) of Lebanon, was invited to participate in the first episode of the webinar series to talk about the NMHP launched in May 2014 by the MOPH in Lebanon with the support of WHO, UNICEF and International Medical Corps (IMC).

http://www.mhinnovation.net/new-series-ask-policy-expert-dr-rabih-el-chammay-lebanon
 

Nature Podcast on Global Mental Health

Mental health disorders touch rich and poor, young and old, in every country around the world. In the first episode of an audio show published by Nature Journal in collaboration with Grand Challenges,  three experts, including Dr. Rabih El Chammay, head of the National Mental Health Programme at the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon, discuss the evidence for interventions, how to get help to the right people, and which challenge, if solved, would help the most. In addition to discussing the priorities in global mental health, Dr. Chammay highlights the work being done by the MOPH in reforming the mental health system in Lebanon. 

To hear the podcast, click on the link below:

Podcast appears here with permission from Nature Research. 

 

Documentary: "Mental Health in Lebanon: Vision and Achievements"

Watch the Documentary about the vision of the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon for mental health and the achievements that have been done so far to reform the mental health system in the country in collaboration with different stakeholders. 
 
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Fax: +961-1 611 672

Email: mentalhealth@moph.gov.lb
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