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Mental health hotline launched in UAE amid Covid-19 challenges

Mental Support Line will offer initial psychological counselling to community members

Mental health hotline launched in UAE amid Covid-19 challenges

Covid-19 has affected many people's mental health as they face economic instability 

A mental health hotline has been launched by the UAE National Programme for Happiness and Wellbeing to support individuals' psychological wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in an economic crisis and a massive wave of job cuts.

Mental Support Line will see mental health experts, consultants and specialists volunteer to offer initial psychological counselling to community members.

Individuals can access the toll-free support line 800-4673 (HOPE) via telephone calls or social messaging app WhatsApp. The service is available in both Arabic and English.

The UAE's Minister of State for Happiness and Wellbeing, Ohoud bint Khalfan Al Roumi, highlighted the importance of mental health in light of Covid-19.

The number of new confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE hit a new high on Tuesday, with 873 new infections announced.

That is up from the 832 revealed on Monday and takes the overall total number of diagnosed cases across the country up to 25,063.

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