Mental health is a right and as important as physical health. It is a matter of well-being. And, whether the issue is “just a phase” or chronic, people struggling with it are entitled to treatment, support, respect, and dignity.
There have been numerous awareness campaigns in that regard and the stigma barrier that surrounds mental health in Lebanon is slowly being lifted, even though many still consider it an issue better not discussed.
Apart from stigma, financial costs in Lebanon have prevented many from seeking help, adding that there is currently no fixed governmental budget directed to mental health in Lebanon.
However, mindful Lebanese citizens have stepped up through the years to provide that support and specialized assistance, establishing not-for-profit centers. They are included in the list below:
Embrace is a non-profit organization (NGO) that works to raise awareness around mental health in Lebanon and provide assistance to prevent suicide. It aims to ensure that people with mental illness are respected and empowered.
It provides people with the ability to access appropriate care without the constraints of lack of knowledge, shame. They also operate a hotline of support.
IDRAAC is a non-profit NGO dedicated to mental health. In addition to research, awareness, and community services, its specialized members in psychiatry, psychology, nursing, and social workers are involved in delivering clinical services to patients and their families. IDRAAC also provides free trauma counseling.
MIND offers state of the art psychiatric and psychological services for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. A group of mental health specialists psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical assistants provide 24/7 availability.
They provide all types of services, including home and online diagnosis, inpatient and outpatient services, and 24-hour emergency services.
Address: St. Georges Hospital University Medical Center or Ras Beirut – Specialty clinics
Cedar Rehab is an NGO dedicated to providing addiction rehabilitation and a prevention program to patients who suffer from substance abuse.
It is a modern residence nestled on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Hammana in the Metn region of Mount Lebanon. They commit to the welfare of patients as well as their families throughout the residential period and beyond.
Oum El-Nour is a Lebanese not-for-profit organization committed to serving individuals through helping them overcome their addiction, in order to attain a healthy society characterized by sustainable growth.
Address: Oum el Nour Building, St. Joseph Street, Antoura, Keserouan
Skoun is a non-profit NGO and outpatient therapeutic facility that offers treatment and prevention for drug users. They aim to help people deal with their addiction problems in a nonjudgmental and caring environment.
Address #1: Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Auxiliary Villa 3, Jnah, Lebanon
Contact Number #1: 01845503 / 01845512
Address #2: Baalbeck Governmental Hospital, 2nd floor in the second building Baalbeck, Lebanon
Restart is an NGO center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, Torture, War, and related Trauma. It emerged from the need to rebuild the lives of Torture and Trauma survivors in Lebanon. It aims to restore dignity, health, mental health, and self-sufficiency for the surviving victims and their families.
Address #1: Tripoli, Lebanon Sabalbal & Weli Bldg., Residence 5, Dam & Farez Street
Contact Number: 06 410 577 / 06 411451
Address #2: Beirut, Lebanon, Furn El-Chebbak, Bou Chedid Center, Main street
No Label is Lebanon’s first anti-bullying NGO. It aims to fight bullying by empowering its stakeholders using modern techniques in education and psycho-social support. It applies a holistic approach based on the belief that bullying doesn’t only involve an aggressor and a victim.
Marsa is a non-profit NGO that provides sexual health care for everyone in complete confidentiality, MEdical testing, counseling, and psychosocial counseling for people living with HIV, as well as psychosexual counseling and couples therapy.
Address: Badaro, Traboulsy Street, Karim Bechara Building, 2nd Floor. At the Tayouneh roundabout, take a right after Sunflower theatre.
A non-profit Lebanese association located in Zgharta –North Lebanon, HDA provides a core program of social, psychological, educational, economic, and advocacy, and is involved in several programs related to the psychosocial part of the community.
Address: Michel Kaadou Bldg, ground floor, Saydet Zgharta Street, Zgharta.