Understanding the Importance of Suicide Prevention Week, and Resources to Help in Egypt

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Every year, countless individuals across the globe grapple with feelings of despair, loneliness, and hopelessness. Suicide Prevention Week serves as a poignant reminder of the collective responsibility we hold in supporting and uplifting those around us.

By understanding the signs, offering a listening ear, and fostering a compassionate environment, we can make a significant difference in the lives of many.

Recognizing the Signs

It’s crucial to be vigilant and recognize the signs that someone might be struggling. These can include:

  • Withdrawal from social activities: A sudden lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities or avoiding social interactions can be indicative of underlying issues.
  • Changes in behavior or appearance: Drastic changes in mood, sleep patterns, or personal hygiene might signal emotional distress.
  • Verbal cues: Expressions of hopelessness, such as “I can’t go on” or “Things will never get better,” should never be taken lightly.

Creating a Supportive Environment

  • Open Conversations: Encourage open dialogue about mental health in your community. By destigmatizing these discussions, we can create a safe space for individuals to share their feelings and seek help.
  • Educate and Inform: Equip yourself and others with the knowledge and resources to assist those in need. Awareness is the first step towards prevention.
  • Stay Connected: Regular check-ins with friends, family, and colleagues can make a world of difference. A simple “How are you feeling today?” can open the door to meaningful conversations.

Offering a Helping Hand

  • Listen Actively: Sometimes, all someone needs is a listening ear. Offer your undivided attention, and avoid interrupting or offering solutions unless asked.
  • Seek Professional Help: If someone confides in you about their struggles, encourage them to seek professional assistance. Therapists, counselors, and helplines can provide invaluable support.
  • Stay Calm and Composed: If someone is in immediate danger, it’s essential to remain calm. Call emergency services or seek immediate professional help.

Resources and Initiatives

Various organizations and initiatives are dedicated to suicide prevention. Familiarizing ourselves with these resources can empower us to direct those in need toward the right channels:

National platform for mental health and addiction treatment by GSMHA Treatment:

The General Secretariat of Mental Health provides a national platform for mental health and addiction treatment. This governmental body offers mental health services, drug dependence treatment, and rehabilitation.

They have an online platform with a directory of doctors for booking sessions. General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescents, Geriatric Psychiatry.

Hotline numbers:
– 0220816831

Mersal Foundation’s Psychological Support Clinics:

Mersal Foundation offers free therapy sessions.

Hotline number: 19340
Mobile phone number: 01200002870

Psychiatry Center in Demerdash Hospital:

Specialized center for psychiatry offering examinations for 5 EGP. They provide free medications, reservations, and rehabilitation rooms for severe cases. Patients receive a follow-up card for their treatment journey.

Telephone number: 02 243469184.

Qasr Al-Ainy Clinics

Offers examinations for 5 EGP and provides patients with a follow-up card for medications. They have free and reasonably priced reservations. An economic clinic operates after 12 PM with sessions costing around 100 EGP.

Telephone numbers:
– 0223632437
– 0223641682
– 0223629817

Center of Psychological Counseling at Ain Shams University:

Offers various psychological services. Session prices are 100 EGP for adults and 80 EGP for children. They also provide training programs in several psychological fields.

Phone: 01021732302

WhatsApp: 01558088038

Online reservation: Click here

Ministry of Health and Population’s Hotline for Mental Health and Addiction Support Services:

Upon calling, an individual inquires about the nature of the mental health issue and directs the caller to the nearest mental health facility.

For instance, callers might be redirected to the Abbasseya Mental Health Hospital where a doctor can open a patient’s case for as little as EGP 1. Only the national identification card is needed for the consultation.

Direct Hospital Number: 011548985067.

Online Initiatives:


Users can choose their therapist, pay online, and communicate with the therapist online.

Website: Shezlong


Provides information about various mental health disorders, as well as explanations on medication, primarily in Arabic.

Website: Nafsy.net

Mesh Lewa7dak (You’re not alone):

An online initiative on social media and its website, aiming to reduce the stigma on mental health issues and misconceptions.

Website: Mesh Lewa7dak

The Role of Digital Platforms

In today’s digital age, online platforms play a pivotal role in suicide prevention. Social media can be leveraged to spread awareness, share resources, and create supportive communities.

By promoting positive mental health practices and sharing stories of hope and recovery, we can reach a broader audience and make a tangible impact.

Suicide Prevention Week is more than just a week-long observance; it’s a call to action. By arming ourselves with knowledge, fostering supportive environments, and reaching out to those in need, we can collectively work towards a world where everyone feels valued and heard. Remember, every gesture, no matter how small, can make a significant difference in someone’s life.

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Written by Raghda El-Sayed

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of El-Shai.com and the crazy cat lady your mother warned you not to become!

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