Today, Thursday, the work of the first international virtual conference on mental health, organized by the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, began today, in partnership with the global “Moodsley Health”, and with the support of the “Lundbek Gulf” company, under the slogan “A new era in mental health response” for a period of 3 days.
The conference will be held in the presence of local and international specialists and experts in mental health, from several countries, including the UAE, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Oman and Kuwait.
The conference will discuss a set of scientific papers dealing with the impact of trauma on the development of mental health problems in children and youth, the psychological, social and behavioral effects of the “Covid-19” pandemic on children, adolescents, and people with intellectual disability, mental health challenges during the pandemic and how to overcome them.
The conference sheds light on local and international experiences in telemedicine, and hypothetical therapeutic methods in treating the misuse of psychotropic substances, in addition to important topics such as addiction, blood-borne viral diseases, eating disorders in children and adolescents, dementia and early dementia, diagnosis and treatment of secondary psychosis. Caused by epilepsy.
The Director General of the Emirates Foundation for Health Services, Dr. Yusuf Muhammad Al-Serkal, confirmed that the conference represents a real added value in the field of mental health, as the conference agenda is full of vital axes commensurate with the global developments and developments after “Covid-19”, with the active participation of experts in mental health and senior practitioners. Clinics and academics, as part of the Ministry’s plans to organize virtual events at an international level, build regional and global partnerships in tele-psychiatry, develop and qualify medical and technical personnel in the field of mental health, within the framework of implementing the National Mental Health Program to achieve social, psychological and professional empowerment for patients, and to strengthen and develop programs Preventive mental health and early detection of mental illnesses.
He pointed to the Ministry’s efforts in the field of developing scientific research and studies and publishing in international magazines specialized in mental health, in addition to developing information systems in mental health and preparing a comprehensive national statistical database for mental health, to support the continuity and quality of health care for community members.
Mona Al-Kuwari, Director of the Specialized Care Department, indicated that the organization of this conference comes within the framework of a series of activities launched by the Ministry, coinciding with the World Mental Health Week campaign this October, which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts for Support them, and reduce social stigma, in addition to directing more attention to the mental health care needs of community members during “Covid-19”.
The conference chairperson, Director of Al-Amal Hospital for Mental Health, Dr. Amna Turki Al Ali, confirmed that the conference attracts a number of the most famous mental health experts to participate in dialogue sessions, which will review developments in psychiatry research in its various specialties, such as: mental health for adults, the elderly, children and adolescents, and treatment and rehabilitation Addiction, intellectual disability, forensic psychiatry, and other important topics.
Participants in the conference will be able to enter the virtual exhibition available on the conference’s website, which gives participants the opportunity to view the mental health services provided by the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, and the mental health awareness activities and community initiatives that were conducted in 2020.