Amid cycle of crisis, Lebanese struggle with mental health issues


Lebanon remains at a standstill after violence erupted in Beirut over an investigation into last year's deadly port explosion. Cabinet meetings are being held indefinitely as the government grapples with the latest political and financial crisis. Meanwhile, the daily struggle has taken a toll on thousands of Lebanese suffering from mental health problems.


At Embrace, Lebanon's only suicide helpline, calls have increased from about 2,000 annually in previous years to 6,000 in the first nine months of 2021.


"This morning, we had two persons who wanted to kill themselves, and we managed to save their lives," Reve Romanos, a supervisor at the non-profit center, said. "This is what we do, and this is our everyday job. We wake up because we want to save another life."


Mia Alberti reports.