The Emirates Foundation and BP have signed an agreement to support the “Psychological Support Line” initiative, to enhance the mental health of frontline workers, in cooperation with the National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing of the Ministry of Community Development, the National Pride Office, and the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company “SEHA Abu Dhabi Center for Public Health.
The agreement, which was signed during a virtual ceremony, attended by representatives of the relevant institutions, will provide funding for the psychological support line, as it aims to enhance the effectiveness of the line, through cooperation to exchange knowledge and experiences in the field of social responsibility, and to enhance the usefulness of the psychological support line (800 HOPE), which provides Its services are daily from 08:00 in the morning until 20:00 in the evening, in both Arabic and English, and users can also communicate through the “WhatsApp” application using the same number.
The psychological support line has received more than 1,900 calls since its launch during the past year 2020 until now, and the initiative provides valuable psychological first aid to citizens and residents working on the front lines in the UAE, through more than 50 specially trained volunteers, and links them to the field of mental health.
Hessa Tahlak, Assistant Undersecretary for Social Development at the Ministry of Community Development, the official spokesperson for the “Emirates Volunteers” campaign, stressed the importance of the psychological support line initiative in psychologically supporting all members of society of different ages and groups, due to the importance of this aspect specifically, during the pandemic period and beyond, given the magnitude of pressure That the individual may be exposed to in situations that require standing by him and providing him with psychological and moral support.
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