Muscat, 29 October 2018: Reaffirming its focus on health and community wellbeing, Eshraqa, Khimji Ramdas’ social development arm, recently sponsored Oman’s first international mental health forum. Held under the patronage of HH Sayyida Basma Al Said, the event hosted a number of specialists in mental health with Eshraqa facilitating their travel from three continents.
Organised by Whispers of Serenity, the first mental health clinic in Muscat, the event was held under the theme ‘Not Alone Stories, My Secret to Change’. The conference was rooted in the success of the ‘Not Alone’ campaign and an extension of it, led by Sayyida Basma, a mental health activist and founder of the organising clinic.
Nailesh Khimji, Director of Khimji Ramdas, said,“The quality of life we enjoy is contingent upon good health, and as per global statistics mental health issues are an incredibly normal and unavoidable occurrence that we must educate on and manage if we want to achieve wellbeing in society. We are proud to have sponsored this landmark event and identify the forum as an outstanding contribution to the healthcare sector as a primary point of commitment for Eshraqa’s CSR engagements. We hope that our collaboration contributes to the impact promised by Whispers of Serenity, as one of Oman’s leading authorities in the field. We thank Sayyida Basma for the opportunity to be a part of her mission to see constructive change in communities across the Sultanate”.
HH Sayyida Basma Al Said commented, “I thank Khimji Ramdas for its support on this ground-breaking platform, it was a major success amidst the evolution of Oman’s healthcare sector, notably in the field of mental health. The requirement of such forums is profound in that they are a direct contributor to transformational change, in terms of raising awareness for individuals and the collective, as well as helping to remove the stigma of mental health issues that endure throughout society. Our volunteers work day-in-day-out to bring inspirational events to Oman and in this case our speakers shed light on an array of issues of importance, including depression, loss, fear, divorce, bullying, stress, anxiety, surviving cancer and more”.
Eshraqa’s commitment to heath as a core pillar of its CSR programme has seen the organisation sponsor other projects of national significance. The social investment arm sponsored Oman’s first nationwide campaign on nutrition and dietary intake, Oman National Nutrition Survey, which helped to deliver insights that remain of importance for the health of local communities.
The Not Alone initiative has conducted various awareness campaigns, an awareness walkathon, a six months mental health convoy spanning six governorates, and an artistic talent show, which showcased several forms of expression including short stories, poetry, sculpting, music and fashion. Interested parties can follow @notaloneoman on social media for more information on upcoming activities.