Lebanon’s crisis pushes mental health services to the limit

Lebanon’s economic collapse, COVID-19 and a huge explosion in Beirut last year have taken a heavy toll on people’s mental health — piling pressure on support services that are struggling to operate normally due to the country’s multiple woes.

Many Lebanese are struggling with depression and burnout, but for many people therapy is out of reach as their incomes shrink.

Besides the acute fuel shortages and regular power cuts, most psychiatric medications — from antidepressants to treatments for bipolar disorder — have been unavailable in pharmacies since March.