Muscat to host youth mental health awareness forum

The event at the Kempinski Muscat is free for all school and college students

Muscat to host youth mental health awareness forum

Muscat is set to host a mental health awareness forum focused on adolescence and the teenage mind, one of the first in Oman.

It is hoped the event, entitled Not Alone: Young Minds Mental Health Forum, will shed light on what some consider to be a taboo topic.

The forum will feature workshops on bullying, anger management, accidental disasters and how to deal with your child’s anger, as well as panel discussions about mental health in different age groups.

The event, held at the Kempinski Muscat on Saturday October 12, has been organised by Her Highness Sayyida Basma Al Said.

HH Sayyida Basma Al Said is the founder of Whispers of Serenity, the first private mental health and counseling clinic in Oman, and has organised a number of similar events in the past, including Not Alone walkathons, art competitions and awareness videos.

She told Time Out “Telling stories about mental health is very important because it gets to the heart quicker than if one uses statistics and numbers.

“We’re hosting this event this year for kids because we always think about kids as if they don’t know how to express [what’s wrong], 'they don’t have issues, they’re kids – what would be their problem?'.”

HH Sayyida Basma Al Said added that she hopes the talks will equip young people with ways to express themselves and give them tips for dealing with stress and negative events later on in life.

School and college students can attend the forum for free, while individuals and parents will have to pay OMR25. The entrance fee will be donated to a cancer charity.
Free (students), OMR25 (individuals and parents). Sat Oct 12. Kempinski Hotel Muscat (9935 9779 or 2413 9755)

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