​The Current Context
There are a range of public and non-governmental organizations currently involved in the delivery of care to people with mental illnesses in Qatar. The services offered by these organizations (primarily in hospital settings), and the professionals working within them, are described in Qatar’s submission to the Mental Health Atlas 2011. Hamad Medical Corporation is the largest provider of psychiatric services in Qatar. 2011 service utilization data indicated that approximately 4.6 percent of Qatari nationals accessed mental health services, and approximately 1 percent of non-nationals. 

In 2010 the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD 2010) released worldwide and country specific trends of health loss due to diseases, injuries and risk factors. It was the first systematic and comprehensive assessment of data since the World Bank commissioned a similar exercise in 1990. The Qatar GBD 2010 profile revealed that: 

A New National Health Strategy for Qatar
A critical part of the National Health Strategy is Qatar’s first National Mental Health Strategy which sets out Qatar’s vision to provide the best possible mental health services for its citizens, while changing attitudes towards mental illness. 

Mental health issues are often misunderstood and frequently surrounded by negative attitudes. This stigma can cause individuals and their families to suffer in silence, preventing them from seeking the necessary help. The impact on family relationships and community life can be devastating. Over the next five years and beyond funding and resources for mental health care will be steadily increased to build capacity and support the implementation of this strategy. Greater integration and balance in the health system and increased resources will be essential components. 

To view the full Mental Health Strategy please visit: http://www.nhsq.info/app/media/1166

The Opportunity
The future model for mental health in Qatar will mean significant changes in the way services are delivered. In line with the new National Mental Health Strategy, the model will involve a transition from the almost exclusive delivery of services in institutional settings to a balanced system across inpatient, specialist community and non-specialist community settings. This in turn will require the development of community facilities for specialized community mental health services, and the remodelling of some primary care facilities. Inpatient services will also undergo significant changes with mental health inpatient facilities located with physical health services. 

At the heart of this transition will be the development of a new Mental Health Hospital which will form the ‘hub’ of this new community based model of care. Currently there is a Mental Health hospital which until now has been run by the management team of the Rumailah Hospital. The hospital will now have its own Executive team with the CEO appointment being a critical part of the new arrangements.  This move will enable HMC to build not only a new standalone Mental Health facility that is integrated into the main healthcare campus, but also a new leadership structure that will ensure the strategy becomes a reality. 

The role of Chief Executive for the new Mental Health Hospital will be central to the successful delivery of this ground-breaking new strategy, helping to lead the creation of a comprehensive, high quality mental health system that will deliver excellent outcomes for individuals and families now and into the future. This is an outstanding opportunity to make a tangible difference for the wellbeing of the people of Qatar.