COVID-19 Response

Mental Health and Wellbeing Services

The COVID-19 pandemic – layered atop multiple global environmental, social, political, and economic crises – has placed unprecedented stress on the mental health of individuals across age, gender, and socioeconomic groups.  Throughout the pandemic, The LightHouse Arabia has been highly attuned and responsive to the needs of individuals, organizations, and the community. In addition to taking quick and early action to move our services online to ensure continuity of care, we also expanded our free-of-cost support groups and educational webinars to accommodate a broader set of needs and address local, regional and global issues and traumas head-on. 

Below you will find our range of offerings and support services dedicated to helping organizations & workplaces, individuals, and the wider community during COVID-19:

Webinars

Online, interactive seminars for the corporate teams, organizations, and the community. Participants can join from anywhere in the world and have the ability to engage with the presenter, and send and receive information in real-time. 
*As part of our community service agenda, these webinars are done Free-of-cost.

To book a webinar for your organization:
Please email corporate@lighthousearabia.com to book a webinar with one of our experts. Kindly let us know about your company/group, its constituents, and what your group is currently struggling with so we can speak directly to that when we do the talk.

Once a webinar has been booked on a mutually agreed upon time, we will provide you with an e-flyer, and a Zoom link, which you can share with your team. 

Webinars for the Workplace:

MENTAL HEALTH PANEL

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A moderated, highly interactive Q & A with a panel of psychologists who specialize in stress management, parenting, anxiety management, and critical incident debriefings.

Duration: 1 hour

EMOTIONAL RESILIENCE DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES

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In the face of change and uncertainty, it is important to adapt quickly and respond with resilience. In this webinar you will learn strategies to face the changes brought about by the COVID-19 crisis with emotional agility and mental toughness. Attendees will gain an understanding of the concepts of resilience and emotional agility, learn ways to keep a positive mindset while being in social isolation and quarantine, and learn evidence-based techniques that help develop resilience to tough times.

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

COPING WITH COVID-19 ANXIETY

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We are living in unprecedented times and the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic has the capacity to activate the fight or flight response in all of us, to varying degrees. The entire globe is faced with an invisible threat and all of us are being asked to make drastic changes to our lives overnight. We are worried about our physical and mental health, while being concerned about the social and financial implications of COVID-19. While there may not be much we can do about the virus itself, there are many things  people can do to manage their anxiety and keep themselves safe and healthy during these stressful times. 

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

KNOW THE SIGNS: Recognizing and Responding to Someone Who is Struggling During COVID-19

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Many are wondering what is normal to feel during this global crisis. This talk focuses on equipping individuals to learn the difference between identifying a healthy emotional response in themselves or others vs. being at risk of developing a mental health disorder, and how to provide support. 

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

BEING PRODUCTIVE WHILE WORKING FROM HOME

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Most people are navigating a new reality of working from home as a result of the COVID-19 situation, and many are struggling. In adjusting to this new reality, some people report drifting from day-to-day, only having sporadic moments of productivity; while others find themselves working around the clock, due to having no boundaries when it comes to work and home life. Whether you are a working parent, in a  relationship with a partner, living with others or living alone, being productive at home will require deliberate and conscious changes to your mindset, and your environment. In this webinar, you will learn scientifically proven ways to increase your engagement, energy and productivity while working from home.

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

DEALING WITH LOSS, CHANGE & GRIEF DURING COVID-19

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Everyone has experienced multiple losses due to COVID-19, and the world is in a state of collective grief. Whether it’s a loss of normalcy, loss of a job, or a loss of a loved one, the grief associated with life’s losses can be some of the most challenging emotions to navigate. Loss affects each of us differently, and there is no one “right” way to work through grief. Even the 5 stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance – are not necessarily steps to go through in a specific order; but rather, possible behaviors and emotions that can be experienced by those who are in grieving. In this webinar, you will learn how to navigate the losses and grief in times of uncertainty. 

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

MOTIVATING PEOPLE: How to Raise Morale After Corporate Restructuring

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Corporate restructuring and redundancies can have a negative impact on the morale of employees who are retained. It is common for retained employees to feel insecure and worry about their own future. Ignoring the needs of retained employees is a certain pathway to future issues and can lead to the loss of employees that businesses had every intention of keeping. In this webinar, managers and people leaders will learn how to redevelop a positive morale within the office to increase productivity, staff engagement, decrease employee turnover and ultimately achieve a happier workforce. 

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

CULTIVATING SELF-COMPASSION DURING COVID-19

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In the face of change and uncertainty, we are made to adapt to new realities and environments that are unfamiliar and sometimes unideal. More than ever, it is vital to live in the present and respond to our circumstances with self-compassion. With situational life changes, daily stressors, and increased time in solitude, it can be common to experience a harsher and louder inner-critic that is difficult to silence. In this webinar, you will learn strategies to tackle your critical inner voice, and understand how to face the changes brought about by the COVID-19 crisis with more compassion and humanity, especially towards oneself.

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

SLEEP: The Single Most Effective Thing for Your Physical and Mental Health

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Research states that Sleep is the single most effective thing y ou can do for your physical and mental health. Ho wever, the majority of people do not get enough sleep or do no t get quality sleep. According to sleep researcher Matthew Walker, we are in a ‘silent catastr ophic sleep loss epidemic.’ Attendees will understand what happens in the brain and body while we sleep, and gain insight into why sleep is critical for our physical and mental health. Learn how to harness sleep to improve learning, mood, and energy levels, in addition to actionable habits that ensure you have a good night sleep.

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

HOW MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION CAN TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE

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Scientific research has proven that regular meditation enhances self-compassion, gratitude, interpersonal relating, physical and mental health and decreases the allostatic load (wear and tear on the body and mind) associated with chronic stress. Yet many people feel it is for ‘someone with a quiet mind’ or ‘someone less busy’ or ‘someone more zen than me’. We will we will discuss Mindfulness and how practicing meditation is vital for strengthening the ‘Consciousness Muscle’ – the muscle which enables us to be awake, aware, wise and exercise our power of choice. We will also explore how meditation can change the brain and what effects that can have on the mind and body. This webinar includes three sections: presentation, practice, and discussion sections. 

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

MASTERING STRESS: AVOIDING BURNOUT

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Stress has become a common part of our lives today. However, chronic stress due to ongoing tight deadlines, juggling multiple demands, and challenging interactions with others can lead to physical and emotional difficulties and burnout. When we have high levels of pressure and stress, it cannot be fixed with mindfulness and yoga alone. During this webinar, attendees will learn the signs and symptoms of stress and burnout. They will learn practical ways they can reduce stress through daily practices, as well as mindset shifts. They will also develop awareness of the lifestyle changes they will need to make to avoid stress and burnout. 

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

SECRETS OF A HEALTHY MIND

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In order to fully show up and bring our best selves to our work and relationships, we must become more intentional about creating greater resilience, balance, and wellbeing in our lives. By cultivating simple habits that have been scientifically proven to aid mental and emotional health, we can make the most out of our work, relationships, and life. Attendees will gain insights into what gets in the way of optimal brain functioning. They will learn small changes and skills that can be developed for a more balanced and relaxed mind, increased creativity, and greater efficiency in all areas of life.

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

MANAGING YOURSELF: BUILDING GOOD HABITS

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Habits are behaviors that require no conscious thought. Humans are creatures of habit; so why isn’t it easy to develop good habits and break the bad ones? Lack of awareness, procrastination, or lack of willpower could be holding you back from living a fulfilling life. It is within your reach to develop habits that encourage action towards your goals and your wellbeing. Attendees of this webinar will gain a better understanding of what habits are, and how we form them. You will also gain insights into the habit of procrastination, and easy-to-implement ways to tackle it, in addition to practical tips on how to build habits that promote wellbeing. 

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

Webinars for Parents:

Helping Children Cope with Change and Loss During COVID-19

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At the end of every school year, the winds of change start to blow. However, due to COVID-19, this year the losses that children and families are experiencing are far greater. Change and loss impacts on each of us differently and family members experience and express their sadness in a variety of ways. It can be reassuring to know there are things parents can do to actively manage big life changes. In this webinar, parents will learn how to help their children navigate uncertainty and cope with the change and loss that come with life transitions.

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

How to Care for Your Child’s Mental Health During COVID-19

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Just as we are learning how to manage anxiety, uncertainty and loss during this unprecedented time, so too are our children. They are watching the events unfold from a different perspective and they will be looking to us to understand how to react and cope to the Corona crisis. In this seminar, we will give parents guidelines for supporting their children’s mental health as we go through this uncharted territory. Participants will learn how children may view the corona crisis, practical tips for managing children’s fears and worries related to the coronavirus, and home-based anxiety management tools for children.

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

Raising Children in the iGeneration

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Our children live in a vastly different world from the world we grew up in. Learn how you can raise values-driven, happy, successful, and connected children in today’s world. Attendees will gain an understanding of the effects of technology on self-identity, cognitive abilities, relationships, and health in children and young people, in addition to learning practical tips on how you can help your child have a healthier and more conscious relationship with technology.

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.

The Mindful Child

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Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness practices. In fact, young children are uniquely suited to benefit from mindfulness practices, as they tend to live in the present moment and embrace all that it holds without any effort. Learning how to cultivate these habits early in life will set your children on the right track towards building resiliency and authentic happiness. This seminar highlights what mindfulness is, and what it is not. Parents will gain insight into the benefits of incorporating mindfulness into their family routine. They will also walk away with practical techniques which they can use with their children at home.

Duration: 1 hour. 45 min seminar with 15 mins for Q & A and discussion at the end.


ONLINE SKILL-BUILDING WORKSHOPS FOR ORGANIZATIONS

These workshops combine instruction, practice, and preparation for workplace application (e.g., Stress Management, Depression Management, Anxiety Management, Managing Difficult Emotions, Having Brave Conversations). These online workshops range from 90 minutes to 3 hours in length, and can be created and customized for your company’s needs.

For more information and to schedule an online Skill-Building Workshop for your organization, please send an email to: corporate@lighthousearabia.com


We also provide the following mental health services:


ONLINE THERAPY

Appointments are 60-90 minutes in duration and are delivered by licensed psychologists. You will be sent a Zoom link and will consult with the psychologist in the comfort of your home. You can check with your insurance provider to see if therapy sessions can be claimed back through your medical insurance and we will provide you with the necessary forms.

Learn more about our Online Therapy services here and view Frequently Asked Questions.

ONLINE EMOTIONAL WELLBEING CHECK-UP

A 30-minute online emotional checkup consultation with a psychologist. You will be sent our Mental Health Assessments prior to the appointment. After completing the assessments, you will be provided with feedback on risk factors that you should be aware of and recommendations to improve and safeguard your mental wellbeing.

View Brochure here

Learn more about the Emotional Wellbeing Check-up on our Services page. 

support groups during COVID-19 

The LightHouse Arabia offers the largest number of support groups in the region, with 20 unique support groups running each month (with many running multiple times per month). All support groups are free-of-charge.

Support groups are an alternative vehicle of support for people in distress by linking people with similar issues. They have the potential to improve the access and delivery of support to a wide range of people, including some who would not seek face-to-face support at all.

All of our support groups and Grief support groups can be viewed  and booked online via our Events page

*For Grief support groups, a one-time 60-minute Grief Consultation is required in advance to confirm suitability for the group. To schedule one, please call us on T. (0)4 380 2088.

Resources

Download and view our resources that offer support and contribute to the conversations around mental health during COVID-19.

ONLINE THERAPY: FAQS

BENEFITS OF ONLINE THERAPY (INFOGRAPHIC)

GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE SUPPORT GROUPS

THE EMOTIONAL WELLBEING CHECK-UP (BROCHURE)

RESOURCES FOR EMOTIONAL WELLBEING

WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH INDEX: HOW DOES YOUR ORGANIZATION RATE?

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