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Welcome Note

On behalf of our society, it is a great pleasure to invite you to the 19th Emirates Society of Mental Health International Congress which will take place on a virtual platform on  October 1-2, 2020.

This period of isolation, anxiety, instability and uncertainty with the current pandemic has affected us in many different ways, and we are left to cope with navigating the new normal. But undeniably, it has taken a toll on our collective mental well-being.

In light of this, it is important that the 2020 edition highlights the issues that affect mental health in these unprecedented times.

In this virtual congress, our international, regional and local experts will guide you through the mental health-related risks and impact, discuss the current response and updates, and tackle the latest research and management strategies of new and pre-existing mental health conditions in the COVID-19 era. The congress will also give light to topics that are timely and relevant to the region to promote better psychiatric practice.

Your safety is our utmost priority, so we’re bringing this rich educational experience directly to your screens. We hope that you could join us live and participate in this online space we prepared for you.




Dr. Samia AlKhoori

Chair and Congress President
Consultant Psychiatrist
President, Emirates Society of Mental Health,
Emirates Medical Association
Acting Head, Psychiatry Department, Rashid Hospital Dubai

Program Overview

Target Audience

  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychotherapists
  • Counselors
  • Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Educators
  • Researchers
  • School Health Medicine
  • Public Health Workers
  • Policy Makers

Conference Highlights

  • Mental Health Act
  • Medical rights
  • Updates on current research
  • Challenges in criminal proceedings
  • Difficulties in profiling
  • Medical ethics


CME will be provided up to 2 weeks post-virtual congress to your indicated email address. To obtain CME points, please make sure to complete the evaluation form after the presentation.

The accreditation for the 19th Emirates Society Mental Health International Congress is sought from the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

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