UAE launches platform to provide mental support for residents

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UAE launches platform to provide mental support for residents

The National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing has launched a new initiative to provide mental support for residents.

The initiative aims to help people overcome the psychological impact resulting from the spread of COVID-19.

More than 50 experts are participating in the initiative bringing expertise from the fields of psychology, mental and social support, life skills and more.

The National Campaign for Mental Support will feature three different components named Let’s Support Together, Let’s Reassure Together and Let’s Talk Together.

Firstly, daily online sessions will see mental health professionals provide support, answer questions and offer guidance at 8.30pm on the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing social media channels.

The second component is a series of short videos shared on social media channels that raise awareness and build coping mechanisms and mental resilience.

Finally, a series of virtual support groups have also been launched that provide mental support to those in need.

“People’s security, safety and wellbeing are top priorities for the UAE's leadership, as highlighted in the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, which demand promoting national efforts to help people face this global challenge,” said Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing.

“Under the current circumstances, mental support is a basic need, thus, the NPHW launched this national campaign to meet this vital community requirement.

“It aims to help all community members cope with the current challenges by providing them with mental support, leveraging the experience of a group of distinguished experts and mental health professionals.”

For more information visit the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing social media channels @happyuae.

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