Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the Emirates Health Services (EHS) collectively organized the Mental Health Innovation Lab, under the theme “Driving progress towards a sustainable and scalable model of mental health care”.
Janssen, one of the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson and Johnson partnered with MoHAP and EHS for the occasion. The event was aimed to discuss and present an innovative approach to mental health care in the UAE, as well as to shape policies that would bring about effective change in the next fifty years according to a future vision that achieves a healthier and happier society.
Dr. Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Public Health Sector at MoHAP, representations from the World Health Organisation, along with most health authorities in the country, and representatives from the education sector, insurance and health service providers took part in the event which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month.
Dr. Hussein Abdul Rahman Al Rand pointed out that the ministry works hand in hand with its partners to implement the national policy initiatives to promote mental health, in accordance with strategic goals, with the aim to develop comprehensive, integrated, and mental health services responsive to the needs and directed to the community of all groups and ages, consolidate multi-sectoral cooperation between stakeholders, strengthen the prevention of mental illness, raise capabilities and improve information systems, and conduct research on psychological services in order to develop them, so as to enhance the integration of patients into society and improve their quality of life to achieve the well-being of society.
Meanwhile, Dr. Noor Al Muhairi, Director of Mental Health Department, EHS, reiterated the importance of holding the innovation lab with wide participation, which enhances the state’s comprehensive efforts to develop the scope of integrated mental health services that respond to the current needs and are directed to the community.