Anxiety disorders top mental health issues in UAE

One of the triggers for suicides in society is unattended or poorly managed anxiety and depression. Speaking at a two-day suicide prevention workshop at the Zayed University Dubai, Dr Justine Thomas, professor of psychology at the university, said, “Globally, 300 million people suffer from depression. Depression varies in severity, but at the sharp end, it can lead to suicide. Around 800,000 people die due to suicide each year, the second leading cause of death among those between the ages of 15 and 29.”