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The Department of Community Development continues its strenuous efforts with its partners in the social sector in Abu Dhabi, to provide initiatives and services that support the community to overcome challenges and global changes in relation to COVID-19’s pandemic, which have affected everyone’s psychological health.
Numbers and Indicators The results of the Life after corona survey showed a number of indicators and figures, perhaps the most prominent of which is the impact of mental health of community members, and in response to a question describing individuals’ mental health status during the Covid-19 pandemic, 44% explained that their mental health had been affected since the beginning of the epidemic, while 38% of the participants indicated that Their psyche was not affected and remained the same.
While 18% of the participants confirmed that their mental health has improved during the pandemic, 55% of all males feel an improvement in their mental health, while 53% of all females also feel that their mental health has improved since the start of the pandemic.
The Department of Community Development launched initiatives that support mental health in various aspects, the most prominent of which is the “You Matter” campaign in coordination with Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis & Disasters Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic, targeting workers to enhance their mental health.
According to the survey of workers’ lives during the pandemic, more than 48% confirmed that their lives were affected after the pandemic, and 65% of workers were worried about infection, while 67% of workers were concerned about the changes in daily life, and more than 70% indicated that they are worried about losing their jobs or a reduce in their salaries.
The campaign targeted 38 worker housings , with more than 420,000 workers, with the distribution of more than 27,000 awareness leaflets and awareness panels spread throughout the emirate’s streets related to mental health in various languages, in addition to organizing a group of workshops and lectures with the aim of reducing anxiety or increase the sense of security to ensure an ideal and healthy environment for them by teaching them about coping mechanisms and psychological first aid.
Some 60 employees were trained of Weqaya hotline on psychological first aid and how to deal with workers’ calls, and 231 administrators in the workers accommodation were trained to provide the necessary support to workers and help them deal with psychological pressures, these courses were provided in three languages: English, Arabic and Urdu.
On the other hand, the department launched the “Let’s spend time with them” campaign, which is primarily concerned with caring for children inside challenged homes and spreading awareness messages about the great changes that have taken place, and taking advantage of the pandemic to spend more time together, as well as understanding the family’s desires and addressing previous conflicts, in coordination with partners in the media, a radio campaign was created to raise awareness under the title “from the community to the community” presented by a group of experts and specialists that contribute to spreading a positive spirit in the community to raise morale, while “Because We Care” and “Our Elders, Our Treasure” campaigns targeted senior citizens and the community as a whole by providing psychological support by checking directly with senior citizens and calling them to know their affairs and needs during the pandemic.
The department also issued a guide for people of determination to support the people of determination and their families, which provides sufficient information, general advice and how to adapt to major changes, and the guide provides families with information and educational materials which enables them to support to develop their children by including various learning opportunities in order to make the most of the time they spend at home.
The Foundation also launched the campaign “Stay Positive, Better future ahead” and the First Family Life Quality Enhancement Forum, which is one of the initiatives that actively contribute to achieving advanced levels of happiness and a better social life quality and a healthy, active, positive, purposeful and responsible life. Building a build strong community full of tolerance and cohesiveness.