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29th International Conference on Public Mental Health and Neuroscience

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kadhim Alabady

Kadhim Alabady

Dubai Health Authority, UAE

Title: Mental health priorities among school aged children, 2018


Biography: Kadhim Alabady


Background: Mental health is without doubt one of the most vital aspects of any child's development. It is an essential part of children's overall health and has an impact on the child’s physical health and their ability to be successful.  Mental health increases children’s opportunity to live up to their full potential and do what is best for themselves and the people around them. 

Method: In order to carry out this assessment we applied qualitative and quantitative methodology.

Key findings:

• Whilst some child mental health services exist, these are fragmented between the public and private sector. There needs to be a catalogue of comprehensive and coordinated services, which health care professionals can access to improve care delivery and utilization of these services.

• There is a shortage of child mental health professionals such as occupational therapists, speech therapists, mental health nurses and psychologists. There is also a need for on–going training and career development for existing professionals.

• There is an important need to develop and improve mental health services in the Educational system that is tied in with children’s mental health services. This will allow provision of effective and timely school interventions for children who require special educational or supportive interventions due to mental health issues.

• 16.4% of children (through their families) seek help for ASD assessment between the age group 6–18+. It is critical to understand and address factors for seeking late–stage diagnosis, as ASD can be diagnosed much earlier and how many of these later presenters are actually diagnosed with ASD.

• It is suggested that half of the children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have yet to have the condition diagnosed. This may be due to lack of awareness and stigma.