According to the WHO Disease Burden Estimates, Jordan ranks 4th in the Middle East for the burden of mental health conditions as measured by disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)1. Despite the high prevalence rate of common mental disorders, psychotic and behavioural disorders in the region2, there is limited representation and participation of mental health service users and their families in decision making related to mental health strategic planning in Jordan3.
In an effort to address this gap, the main objectives of the project were to:
- Increase and ensure the active participation of people with lived experiences and their families in different forums
- Establish an association fully dedicated to supporting and empowering the rights of people with mental health conditions through advocacy
- Combat the social stigma associated with mental health problems, and promote mental health in the community.
- Facilitate the representation of the mental health service users and their families in strategic national dialogues related to drafting key guidelines and policies