The UAE has introduced 24-hour support for mental health and wellbeing program for Dh8 per month to assist students and teachers.
The service, introduced through ICAS Mena, a provider of mental health and wellbeing services to organizations and educational institutions, will be available throughout the year.
The program was established as ICAS’s employee aid program (EAP). The direct-to-access facility is currently developing, ICAS representatives ICAS informed Khaleej Times.
School employees and students have access to help with mental health and wellbeing starting at Dh8 monthly. Customers will receive unlimited private access to a certified medical professional in mental wellbeing, a psychologist, lawyer, an independent financial advisor, dietitian, fitness or nutritional coach.
The helpline provides English, Arabic, French, Urdu, and Hindi languages. It covers all aspects of work and life. You can get assistance in managing time, dealing with finances and relationships, parenting, divorce, tenancy, divorce, and childcare.
“The company created the service to tackle the mental health issue. It will offer specialized programs for students and aims to improve the mental health of school staff members and wellbeing,” explained Paul Firth, founder and director at ICAS Mena.
World Health Organisation (WHO). Suicide is the fourth most frequent cause of death for the 15 to 19-year-olds in WHO. Additionally, depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders are among the leading causes of disability and illness.
“Several studies show that teachers suffer from a mental health issue like students who do not have the assistance. With longer hours at work, more difficulties engaging students remotely, and frequent reversals between remote, hybrid, and in-person classes, teachers are already stressed before the outbreak, becoming more difficult,” Firth said.
“Since the new labor law in the UAE now allows youth aged 15 and older to take on part-time jobs, a program such as this is vital,” said the official. “We strive to produce a holistic method of health that encompasses cognitive, psychological, religious, bodily, economic and cultural wellbeing.”
Firth has stated that the hotline will be handled by master-level counselors and psychologists with training to conduct evaluations of the biopsychosocial.
“Failure to address adolescent mental health conditions can adversely affect both physical and mental health and limited opportunities for adult fulfillment. And putting wellbeing at the heart of education as a means to recovery will help build a community where staff feels validated, seen, and heard,” said Terry Toledo, director of client development and services, ICAS Mena.
“As a result, a culture for resilience will be created, where individuals will have the ability to recognize and regulate their emotions, and further develop the ability to cope with future life and work challenges,” she said.