RIYADH: The Saudi Sustainable Development Association (Talga) launched the third of its Mental Health First Aid programs on Oct. 4 – 5.
The MHFA program, which was first launched in Australia in 1997, is in partnership with the National Center for Mental Health Promotion in a joint strategy to support the objectives of UN Sustainable Development Goals, in line with the Saudi Vision 2030’s Quality of Life Program.
Princess Abeer bint Saud bin Farhan, chairwoman of Talga, said the program with mental health professionals aimed to highlight the most notable psychological disorders and conditions and the best ways to assist those in need, as part of the campaign Your Mental Health Comes First.
She said the campaign — under Talga’s supervision and with NCMH’s support — works on preventing mental illnesses through prevention and treatment and promoting mental health and well-being.
The third MHFA program has helped to train more than 100 certified practitioners.
The Kingdom is the first country in the Middle East to license the program and provide it in the region.
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