treatment for the patient, regardless of treatment method, is to be started only after approval in writing by the patient's guardian, whether it is psychopharmacological, involuntary admission, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), psychosurgery, or other methods.
Mental health policy has had a very significant and rapid development from 1962 onward that started with the establishment of the first psychiatric hospital in Taif. The rapid development was due to the flourishing oil economy and the positive attitude of the government toward development of the society. There have been gradual changes in the form of mental health services as they have spread over the vast area of Saudi Arabia to all its different regions. Also, there has been a separation of facilities for the mentally retarded and drug and alcohol abusers from other mental patients.
As a result of the strong central government in Saudi Arabia, mental health policy is centrally determined by the Ministry of Health, but with proper programming and good attention to the needs of the society. Due to the large Bedouin population and many uneducated people in the society, there is a lack of proper response from the public at times to the available services, but the media are doing well in trying to overcome this obstacle.
Pellgram is used to resolve mental illness through support, enforcement of religious treatment by recitation of the Holy Quran, and Islamic group psychotherapy. This is reinforced by the research and the resources of modern services and psychiatry.