MBRU, National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing launch ‘Find Your Light’
The Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences, MBRU, in partnership with the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing launched the online course “Find Your Light” aimed to promote mental health and enhance wellbeing in UAE.
The online course is set to help encourage compassion during these unpresented times building on the success of the current digital learning initiatives of MBRU, and is the third part of the MBRU Community Immunity Ambassador Programme .
Dr. Amer Sharif, Vice Chancellor of MBRU, said, “Find Your Light is an extension to the efforts of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing and we are proud of this partnership. At MBRU, we aim to advance health in the UAE and the region through an innovative and integrated academic health system in service of humanity, and mental health is an integral part of this system.”
He also added, “In these extraordinary times, it is important that we all show compassion and understanding towards ourselves and others to help spread positivity globally at a time when connectedness and togetherness proved to be what matters most. Through this initiative, we would like to encourage people to pay greater attention to their mental wellbeing and cultivate a more empathetic outlook through developing their self-awareness via evidence-based scientific methods to help people locally and worldwide exercise and spread compassion.”
On his part, Aziz Al Amri, Executive Director of the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing, stated the UAE has developed a holistic vision for enhancing wellbeing and overall health in society, through increasing cooperation between the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing and government entities and launching new initiatives to support mental health with renowned academic institutions.
He said, “The course inspires social solidarity and encourages the inherent values of compassion in society to overcome the ongoing pandemic using a unique learning track to provide innovative tools and guidance to participants and contributors to help improve social mental health.”
‘Find Your Light’ is the third installment of the MBRU Community Immunity Ambassador Programme, which highlights methods of prevention and containing the spread of COVID-19. The programme has enjoyed an incredible global response with more than 910,000 people signing up to become Community Immunity Ambassadors.
The course ‘Find Your Light’ is designed to teach specific techniques to increase self-awareness, normalise emotions, and support overall wellbeing while enhancing social solidarity in tackling the outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty in these times.
Throughout the innovative course, which is structured around the philosophy that showing compassion and inclusiveness can find and ignite inner light, participants and contributors will be able to gain new skills and experiences regarding mental health and the importance of enhancing wellbeing. The course requires approximately 60 minutes to complete and will help create a recurring wave and fostering connectivity and togetherness across the world.
MBRU along with the National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing set the course to be available for free on the University’s dedicated online learning platform; learn.mbru.ac.ae and is open to participants globally, people as young as 11 can complete the course. Participants will receive a certificate upon completing the course.
An array of specialists in the field of mental health as well as MBRU faculty contributed in preparing and developing the course.