6/12/2021 by RAWAN HAMADEH
Like so many other global health issues, the burdens of mental health fall hardest on women. Building a more equitable world means acknowledging—and addressing—that gap.
The month of May marked Mental Health Awareness Month—a movement that takes me back to the time I spent in my home country, Lebanon, after the massive Port of Beirut blast in August 2020.
One day, as I passed by a group of mothers and young children sharing their regular daily news and chitchat, I couldn’t help but notice the number of signs that these women were experiencing distress and potential mental health issues. One of them shared her inability to sleep at night, another mentioned her kids’ involuntary urination episodes and another was constantly hearing glass shattering.
It was then I realized that we were facing a mental health crisis on top of all the other crises in the country. My eyes opened to the widespread need for high-quality mental health services—especially for women and children.
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