Emirates Society of Mental Health
The Emirates Society of Mental Health (ESMH) is a non-profit medical society established in 2012 under the umbrella of Emirates Medical Association comprising of Psychiatrists and Healthcare specialists who actively involve themselves in the management of Mental Health in the United Arab Emirates. The ESMH is the primary body in the country responsible for the research, education, and information dissemination about the trends in Mental Health to medical and non-medical communities.The society regularly holds education programs including national conferences, international congress, forums, scientific meetings, and workshops.These programs are catered for Mental Health Educators from different parts of the world who wants to update themselves in the recent studies conducted in the field of Psychiatry and mental health.
▪To improve mental health.
▪To prevent mental disorders.
▪To promote mental health education.
▪To develop a body of experts in aiding the community in coping with mental illness.
▪To maintain the highest standards of professional clinical practice.
▪To remove the stigma attached to mental disorders.
▪To influence the media on the importance of mental health.
▪To generate awareness of mental disorder and mental health issues in general public.
▪To motivate mental health issues in a positive way.
▪To advocate the care of the mentally ill.
▪To encourage of research in the field of psychiatry and mental health.
▪To enrich the mental health policy and services
▪To enhance the International cooperation
ESMH has been actively participating in the organization of educational programs in the United Arab Emirates. As a relatively new society, ESMH has conducted numerous activities including conferences and awareness programs. The society help in development of mental health strategy, programmes, and legislation, providing expert recommendations for leading bodies, health authorities and policy-makers to improve current mental health management and services. The society initiates a program that primarily aims to break the stigma against mental health diseases through community awareness and education. As a vanguard for mental health and mental illness, ESMH underpins essential discussions in dispelling myths on mental diseases, stress management, medication awareness, and highlights the important role of family involvement on a patient’s journey to better health.
With the amount of support it garnered from local governing health authorities and international associations, ESMH proactively plays a role in the promotion of mental health awareness in the diverse communities in the UAE through patient education, research, and community involvement. The ESMH is a fast growing organization both in terms of membership and activities. Each year, ESMH organizes one international congress and four national conferences. In each meeting the society features prevalent topics in the field of mental health, delivered by top-notch speakers who share the latest trends and most effective practices in delivering the highest quality of patient care. ESMH has made it its mission to improve the lives of those challenged with mental illnesses and bridge the gap between mental health and communities. It also aims at increasing the training programs, evidence-based science and practice in the field of psychiatry on various aspects of mental health.
Board of Directors
Dr. Samia AlKhoori
Consultant Psychiatry, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority -Dubai, UAE
President, Emirates Society of Mental Health (ESMH)
President, 13th Emirates Society Mental Health International Congress 2019
Deputy Secretary General, Arab Federation of Psychiatrists (AFP)
Finance Secretory, Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA)
Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program – Dubai Health Authority
Head, Scientific Programme , Psychiatry Department – Dubai Health Authority
Head, Mental Health Awareness Campaign – Dubai Health Authority
Forensic Psychiatry Team Lead, Psychiatry Department – Dubai Health Authority
Several Publications in International Journals
Authored of two Books
Dr. Khawla AlMeer
Consultant Psychiatry, Rashid Hospital, Dubai Health Authority – Dubai, UAE
Secretary General, Emirates Society of Mental Health (ESMH)
Co-Director Psychiatry Residency Training Program – Dubai Health Authority
Head, Community Mental Health Team, Psychiatry Department – Dubai Health Authority
Adult Psychiatry Team 1 Lead, Psychiatry Department – Dubai Health Authority