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WhatsApp number launched in Dubai to help women beat Covid blues

Staff Report
Filed on July 6, 2020
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A number of psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists will be available on the ReacHer platform.

A mental health chat-line launched in Dubai on Monday will help women overcome challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. 'ReacHer' offers consultation services for women to "enhance" their "contributions across familial, social and economic roles", the Government of Dubai Media Office said.

Women can get in touch with mental health practitioners via WhatsApp on 050-4068222. Sessions can then progress to telephone or video-conference calls if deemed necessary. "All inquiries, conversations and identities involved in any interaction with practitioners will abide by strict confidentiality clauses to ensure women's complete privacy," the media office said.

Launched by Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative, the initiative will be carried out in partnership with the Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC). A number of psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists will be available on the ReacHer platform.

Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative will also be hosting routine life-coaching sessions by certified life coaches like Amal Alotaibi, Jehan Safar, Huda Al Ali and Layal Taher.

Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment and President of Dubai Ladies Club, said: "The initiative will support any woman in need of guidance during this time, given that their mental and emotional wellbeing is a social and economic priority that falls within the framework of the UAE's commitment to empower all members of society."

She also thanked the mental healthy practitioners who volunteered their time and efforts to the initiative.

Mona Al Marri, Vice-President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and Chairperson of the Dubai Women Establishment Board of Directors, said the initiative is a "continuation of the philanthropic projects carried out by Al Manal Humanitarian Initiative since its launch in 2013".


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