Inventory of the situation of mental disorders and their care in Algeria
Algeria has undertaken several actions and devoted various resources to improve mental health services in the prevention and management of mental disorders. Indeed, the increase in mental disorders and the demand for care make mental health a major social issue. Aims: To present an inventory of the mental disorders in Algeria, describe the state of mental health structures and resources as well as the current state of psychiatry as the main device of treatment and support. Methods: We carried out a descriptive analysis of the data generated from national surveys on the state of health of Algerians, as well as those obtained from various reports and censuses of the population and hospital statistics. Results: The few surveys that have been carried out to date have all highlighted the increasing prevalence of mental disorders and the increased demand for mental health care. However, the coverage of mental disorders and the supply of care remain insufficient and unevenly distributed, at the level of reception structures, human resources and, above all, legislation. Conclusion: This analysis showed that despite the efforts made in terms of structures, resources and legislation, mental health in Algeria deserves more attention in public health policies.
Seridi, Mohamed El Moncef