Why mental health needs to be a priority for GCC parents and caretakers in 2015

31 Dec, 2014 Categories: Blog

Have you tried looking for resources or parenting tips and tricks for children with mental health difficulties? Or have you simply looked for ways to get your child to eat their veggies after they’ve discovered that chocolate is more palatable than a plate of buttered Brussels sprouts? We’ve tried, and we’ve failed. Which is why we at Camali Clinic are launching an open resource to help parents, caretakers and fellow clinicians find the right care for young people who matter to them the most.

Camali Clinic is the first consultant led multi-disciplinary service for Children and young people with mental health difficulties in Dubai. As a team, we are passionate about promoting the emotional mental health of young people in the region, and supporting families and local communities. In the team, we have a range of committed clinicians who have experience in assessment and therapy, educational psychology assessments, speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy. We provide holistic care, and work closely with pediatricians and other professionals from health and education settings to help children and young people receive the care which is collaborative, and supportive.

It has been four months since we opened our doors, and we are thrilled to connect with our patients, and feel privileged that we can join them on their journey and provide them with high quality mental health care. When we assess and provide treatment interventions, these are based on the child’s presentation, their strengths, their weaknesses, and family and social context. We use the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines to treat a wide range of disorders, which include anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism spectrum disorders, eating disorders and behavioural problems. We see children from 0-18 years old, and believe strongly in early intervention, and working alongside children and families. These guidelines are from the UK and define the best recommended treatments which have been proven to be effective for children and young people, and their families.

As Lead Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, I welcome you on behalf of Camali Clinic to read our blog which will feature regular articles from our team members charting our progress, informative posts regarding common and less common mental health issues in children and young people and also events which will be taking place. We welcome ideas for pain points and resources, so if you have any thoughts please get in touch.