Dubai, UAE — On April 1st, Health Out Loud X Re:Set Dialogues hosted the first virtual panel discussion for students at Middlesex University Dubai to discuss student life during COVID-19. The discussion allowed for the panellists and students to openly speak about the pandemic and what it might mean for their academic future. The panel of experts included the founder of Re:Set, Aakanksha Tangri who moderated the discussion alongside Dr Abdul Aneez, Deputy Medical Director and Anesthesiologist at Medeor Hospitals as well as Ayah Al Atassi, a student at Middlesex University Dubai and Aditi Bhatia, Psychology Lecturer and Wellness Support Group facilitator. Together, the panel provided an interactive virtual discussion on the effects of the pandemic on students and their mental health as well as answered questions from the audience.
Highlights from the panel included Dr Abdul Aneez discussing symptoms and preventive methods for contracting COVID-19, Ayah Al Atassi speaking on the student perspective and expressing her own anxities and concerns that have emerged during this time as well as Aditi Bhatia providing steps and resources that students and the community could use to assist them with their mental wellness whilst in isolation.
Aakanksha Tangri, founder of Re:Set, said Re:Set Dialogues focused on the importance of students’ mental health and wellbeing during the current situation and ways we can all support one another in the community.
“University life can be stressful as it is, and with the additional unknown brought about from COVID-19, it is important now more than ever to discuss mental health and wellbeing during this period of isolation and online learning. The most important thing is to feel you are able to talk about it freely and without judgement. Hence, we at Re:Set look to create these ‘dialogues’ to provide that safe space and break the stigma around mental health in all forms amongst students, parents and the community,” Tangri said.
Speaking about the dialogue, Mariam Abonil, Lecturer and Chair of the Task Force on Happiness and Wellbeing at Middlesex University Dubai, said:
“It’s a challenging time for all of us, including the academic community. We encourage conversations about academic life during the pandemic and are pleased to offer this kind of support to students at this time. The Task Force on Happiness and Wellbeing at Middlesex University Dubai hopes to use discussions and research to engage the community in topics related to health, especially during the current circumstances.”
During the Health Out Loud X Re:Set Dialogues, many important topics and points of consideration were discussed amongst the panel and audience including tips for dealing with anxiety during this time, how parents can contribute to student’s mental health and wellbeing, the importance of social distancing as well as the need to stay positive during this time.
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Re:Set is an online resource of tools and stories around education, parenting, gender, inclusivity, mental health and well-being. Collaborating with thought-leaders, government officials, parents, educators, counsellors and corporate ninjas, Re:Set provides an in-depth and trusted resource where people can connect, get inspired and learn from one another. Promising a safe, inclusive space that encourages dialogue on issues that matter and inspire change, Re:Set starts conversations via insightful storytelling, proposes solutions, and encourages education around these tough subjects, whilst aiming to dispel misconceptions and stigma surrounding such topics as mental health.
About Middlesex University Dubai
Middlesex University Dubai is the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Middlesex University in London. The campus, which opened in January 2005, has over 3,500 students from more than 100 nationalities and offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a wide variety of subject areas; it is the first and only university to offer a face to face LLB (British Qualifying Law) Degree. Middlesex University is a global university committed to meeting the needs and ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of students, by providing challenging academic programmes underpinned by innovative research, Grants and professional practice. Middlesex University Dubai prepares its students to be professional, skilled individuals fitted for the modern world, committed to lifelong learning and able to contribute to the communities in which they live and work.
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