Trigger Warning: Suicide
Every year, more than 800,000 lives are lost to suicide. Affecting everyone; from the old to the young, the rich to the poor, suicide comprises myriad risk factors including mental and physical disorders such as depression, autism, chronic fatigue, and anxiety. While research by the WHO shows that early and evidence-based interventions can indeed prevent suicide, pejorative views derived from existential themes such as religion, honor, and the meaning of life, have historically prohibited those in need of care, from seeking the help they deserve.
With September marking the commencement of Suicide Prevention Month, we are reminded to reacquaint ourselves not only with the devastation that accompanies suicide but the preventative measures that have and will always lie on the other side of a devastatingly difficult – and yet incomparably important – conversation.
If you, or someone you know, are in need of help, here are five mental health services you can access across the UAE.
Thrive Wellbeing Centre, Dubai
Located in Dubai, Thrive Wellbeing Centre has been supporting clients through a wide range of treatment options since its inauguration in 2018. With an approach centered around empathy and acceptance, treatments at Thrive are rooted in science and evidence and delivered to patients using a comprehensive lens that allows for deep and long-lasting change. With a team of licensed psychologists and counselors on deck, the center’s offering ranges from individual and group therapy, to workshops and events.
Thrive Wellbeing Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org, +971 56 895 2347
Wise Mind Center, Dubai
Offering a broad range of services from individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, support groups, and psychoeducational assessments, treatments at Wise Mind Psychotherapy Center are provided both in Arabic and in English. Committed to building a sense of community and belonging, the center promises a non-judgemental and confidential space for patients to explore, understand, and foster change in their lives. Before committing to a treatment, interested individuals can schedule in a 15-minute phone consultation with a therapist for free.
Wise Mind Center, email@example.com, +971 50 489 4360
Maudsley Health, Abu Dhabi
An international leader in the field of research, education, and translational medicine, Maudsley Health is something of a household name when it comes to mental health. Headquartered in London, the group has over 700 years’ worth of internationally-renowned experience in delivering the highest quality healthcare. Located in Abu Dhabi, the clinic offers a wide range of treatments for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and more. With treatments including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Schema Focused CBT, Maudsley’s offering is carried out by a range of highly qualified mental health professionals.
Maudsley Health Abu Dhabi, firstname.lastname@example.org, +971 2 666 2655
Al Soor Speciality Clinic, Sharjah
Providing mental healthcare in a kind, friendly, and professional environment, Al Soor Speciality Clinic is home to two highly-qualified psychiatrists; Dr. Kumar, and Dr. Kurian. In addition to treating a wide range of illnesses, including psychotic, mood, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, the clinic also offers a number of free seminars in a bid to educate and create awareness about psychological disorders and their treatment.
Al Soor Speciality Clinic, email@example.com, +971 6 551 2913
Counseling and Psychology Unit RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah
With its client-centered approach, RAK hospital’s psychology department provides a wide array of mental health services for both adults and children. Through a range of psychosocial, cognitive-behavioral, and bio-behavioral techniques, the unit offers treatments for disorders of a communicative, learning, and behavioral nature, amongst others.
RAK Hospital, mail@rakhospital, +971 7207 4444