Bahrain hosts international forum ‘COVID-19’s impact on Mental Health’


The Kingdom of Bahrain is hosting an international virtual forum entitled “COVID-19 impact on Mental Health: Rebuilding Mental Health towards economic and social recovery”, with the participation of speakers from World Health Organization (WHO), United Nation Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund – (UNICEF), the International Labor Organization (ILO), and the California State University, East Bay. The Forum is organized by “Umatter” campaign, which was launched recently in Bahrain under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Hisham bin Abdul Rahman Al Khalifa, Governor of the Capital Governorate.

Targeting more than 200 participants, the forum is for individuals, public sector and private organizations, consisting of those working in health care, financial, education, and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) workers/associations, Mental Health Practitioners,  among others who are interested in understanding the best global practices for improving mental health for all, given the exceptional circumstances imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic on many aspects of public life in Bahrain, the region and the world.

“COVID-19 impact on Mental Health: Rebuilding Mental Health towards economic and social recovery” forum will draw up a clear road map for post-pandemic recovery for the organizations, and businesses, helping their employees to cope psychologically and physically with the new conditions and changes that have occurred in the work environment, economy, and society as a result of the pandemic, as well as improving mental health and wellbeing  of employees to restore levels of engagement and performance, increase productivity, decrease absenteeism and presentism,  seize new opportunities and boost ROI.

In particular, the Forum will discuss the positive impact of government support to institutions and individuals on social and psychological stability in the Kingdom and the role of this support in accelerating the desired post-pandemic recovery process and restoring various aspects of public life, especially in the labor, education and government services sectors, which did not cease during the pandemic. In addition to a global report on psychosocial dynamics underpinning people’s adherence to public health directives and government policy, and managing work-related psychosocial risks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The forum will be held at 5:00 pm on Monday the 30th of November, at the Wyndham Al-Manama in the presence of “Umatter” campaign’s organizers, amid full commitment to the precautionary measures. Speakers of the forum include Dr. A. Basel Al-Yousfi, Director of the WHO Regional Centre for Environmental Health Action, Dr. Manal Azzi, Senior Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Specialist at the International Labor Organization (ILO), Mr. Stefano Pettinato, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. Saji Thomas Regional Chief, Child Protection (UNICEF) and Dr. Michael Stanton, Clinical Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor at California State University East Bay.



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