Living with poor mental health has never been easy, but thanks to the UAE, they’re making it easier for residents and citizens by introducing a line-up of mental health support initiatives.
Mental health support by the UAE
All too often, those who struggle with mental illness keep away from expressing it. The World Health Organization (WHO) claims a whopping 450 million people suffer from the disorder and nearly two-thirds of victims neglect seeking help from a health professional, due to a lack of urgency and misinformation.
Governments too, claim responsibility for not having a mental health policy or legislation. It’s estimated that 40% of countries have no programme dedicated to the disorder. However, in the UAE, the National Program for Happiness & Wellbeing (NPHW) is making the disarray a top priority by introducing a campaign to support UAE residents and help overcome the pressures in the wake of Coronavirus.
Three initiatives to help UAE residents with mental illness
First off, the National Program for Happiness & Wellbeing is starting daily online live video sessions with health experts offering free guidance and tips to overcome mental stress amid Coronavirus. Residents are encouraged to take part in Q&A’s too. It begins daily at 8:30 pm on the NPHW’s social channels (@HappyUAE).
What’s more, the authority’s “Let’s Reassure, Together” initiative features a series of short videos including health professionals and life coaches emphasizing on coping skills and mental resilience, released on their social channels.
Lastly, the “Let’s Talk, Together” component comprises a series of virtual support groups providing mental support to various community segments, from students to mothers and elderly caregivers. Applications to take part in these groups will be opened periodically.
“This initiative aims to enhance psycho-social support, promote the spirit of positivity, and provide expert advice, experiences and information to help people deal with the current challenges.”Aziz Al Ameri, executive director of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing.
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