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Interventions recommended to combat a stigma of mental health problems to access mental health care services in Saudi Arabia

Seham. Mansour. Alyousef

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The primary purpose of this study is to develop recommendations for improving mental health services in Saudi Arabia by identifying the important keys in promoting to reduce stigmatization and improve awareness of mental health problems among people with mental health problems and facilitate the use of mental health services.This research ‘Phenomenological’ approach. A methodological strategy was devised, via the use of a qualitative approach applied and data was collected from one focus group discussion at University hospital in Riyadh city, S.A., including a total of five health care professionals, in mental health  professions. A one-hour focus group discussion was the method of data collection. Data was analysed using Nvivi.10 thematic content analysis. Semi structured interviews were completed with nurses in mental health-care professionals. Content analysis identified major themes. Data analysis identified five main themes that the findings taken from the feedback of participants regarding their thoughts on how to combat a mental health problems stigma to access to mental health care and how mental health care is delivered to them. They were:  is consistent with the theme of (a) Community (b) Education (c) Media (d) Mental health care services, and (e) government support.

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