UAE explores mental wellbeing and mutual empathy through ‘Find Your Light’

By Backend Office, Desk Reporter
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    The Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) is joining hands with the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing to unveiled the online course “Find Your Light” proposed to develop mental health and improve wellbeing in UAE.

    The online course is set to assist in encouraging compassion during these unprecedented times building on the achievement of the current digital learning initiatives of MBRU and is the third installment of the MBRU Community Immunity Ambassador Programme.

    Dr. Amer Sharif, Vice Chancellor -MBRU

    “Find Your Light is an extension to the efforts of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing and we are proud of this partnership. At MBRU, we aim to advance health in the UAE and the region through an innovative and integrated academic health system in service of humanity, and mental health is an integral part of this system.”

    He also appended, “In these extraordinary times, it is important that we all show compassion and understanding towards ourselves and others to help spread positivity globally at a time when connectedness and togetherness proved to be what matters most. Through this initiative, we would like to encourage people to pay greater attention to their mental wellbeing and cultivate a more empathetic outlook through developing their self-awareness via evidence-based scientific methods to help people locally and worldwide exercise and spread compassion.”

    On his part, Aziz Al Amri, Executive Director of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing, affirmed that the UAE has developed a holistic vision for improving wellbeing and overall health in society, through increased collaboration between the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing and government entities and beginning new initiatives to boost mental health with distinguished academic institutions.

    “The course inspires social solidarity and encourages the inherent values of compassion in society to overcome the ongoing pandemic using a unique learning track to provide innovative tools and guidance to participants and contributors to help improve social mental health.”
    Aziz Al Amri, Executive Director
    National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing

    ‘Find Your Light’ is the third portion of the MBRU Community Immunity Ambassador Programme, which highlights methods of stopping and checking the spread of COVID-19. The program has garnered an incredible global acknowledgment with more than 910,000 people signing up to convert into Community Immunity Ambassadors.

    The course ‘Find Your Light’ is created to train specific techniques to improve self-awareness, normalize emotions, and promote overall wellbeing while enhancing social solidarity in tackling the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and ambiguity in these times.

    Throughout the innovative course, which is structured around the philosophy that displaying compassion and inclusiveness can obtain and kindle inner light, participants and contributors will be able to gain new skills and experiences about mental health and the significance of improving wellbeing. The course requires approximately 60 minutes to complete and will support in creating a recurring wave and nurturing connectivity and togetherness across the world.

    MBRU along with the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing set the course to be available for free on the University’s dedicated online learning platform; learn(dot)mbru(dot)ac(dot)ae and is accessible to participants globally where individuals as tender as 11 can complete the course. Participants will earn a certificate upon finishing the course.

    An array of specialists in the field of mental health as well as MBRU faculty contributed towards planning and developing the course.