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SEHA concludes 4th Abu Dhabi Integrated Mental Health Conference

SEHA concludes 4th Abu Dhabi Integrated Mental Health Conference
28 Jan 2024 19:08

ABU DHABI (ALETIHAD)

The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), a subsidiary of PureHealth - the largest healthcare platform in the Middle East, successfully concluded the 4th Abu Dhabi Integrated Mental Health Conference which was held on 27th-28th January.

The conference brought together specialists to discuss and analyse the latest standards in mental healthcare, fostering reforms in mental health throughout the region.

The 4th Abu Dhabi Integrated Mental Health Conference was inaugurated in the presence of Sheikh Theyab bin Khalifa bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Maqsoud Kruse, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI), and Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, The Executive Director of Research and Innovation Centre.

The Abu Dhabi Integrated Mental Health Conference serves as the largest integrated mental health congress in the region. It offers a forum for new ideas and the latest innovations for improving the quality of life for people, friends, families and colleagues affected by mental health issues.

'Harmonising Minds: Bridging Gaps, Breaking Barriers'

Themed 'Harmonising Minds: Bridging Gaps, Breaking Barriers,' the conference underscores SEHA's commitment to advancing understanding, expanding access, and de-stigmatising mental health conditions. This event marked a significant stride in SEHA's ongoing mission to redefine global mental healthcare standards.

In its fourth edition, the conference was sponsored by the Frontline Heroes Office, in line with the office’s efforts to provide support to frontline heroes in the UAE.

Mental Welfare Of Frontline Heroes

Maha Barakat, Director-General of the Frontline Heroes Office, stated, "The aim of sponsoring this year’s conference is to continue our continuous efforts to provide mental, moral, and financial support to those working on the frontlines, in celebration and honour of their dedication to the protection of our community," Barakat added.

Barakat also highlighted the importance of prioritising and maintaining the mental welfare of all frontline heroes and providing consistent support and resources to those who sacrifice their lives for the protection of our community.

Dr. Ayesha Al Khoori, Executive Director of Healthcare Facilities Sector at the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH), said, "Mental health is one of the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi’s main areas of focus, and DoH continues to work towards its vision of creating 'A Healthier Abu Dhabi', to make sure that members of our community are at their healthiest - both mentally and physically.

"DoH remains committed to working alongside healthcare professionals within the Emirate to refine its capabilities, foster awareness, and explore innovative approaches to enhance mental health services,” Dr. Al Khoori added

Dr. Nahida Nayaz Ahmed, Chief Medical Officer, SEHA Mental Health and Well-Being Services, said, "This conference is a testament to our commitment to advancing mental health integration across all dimensions. Our agenda explored the intersection of mental health in various facets of life emphasising holistic well-being," noting that the event featured exemplary speakers from across the world to share insights, experiences and cutting-edge approaches to mental health integration.

 

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