Weekly online sessions are free to access and led by an Al-Ahli Hospital senior consultant

As part of its enduring commitment to a safe and healthy campus, the Student Affairs at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) is offering students, staff and faculty, online counseling sessions as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic unfolds.

Taking place every Saturday, the sessions are for students in Education City housing facilities. Participants, including members of the wider HBKU community, will have the opportunity to raise concerns with Dr Rudwan Abdul-Al, a consultant psychiatrist at Al Ahli Hospital. Dr Abdul-Al will offer practical advice on dealing with worries and safeguarding mental health at this difficult time. Students will also be encouraged to highlight any issues they are facing from a wellness and mental health well-being perspective.

According to Maryam Al-Mannai, Vice President of Student Affairs at HBKU, it’s never been so important to remind HBKU students that the school is always here for them.

She said that COVID-19 has not only changed the way they pursue learning opportunities, but it has also isolated so many people from their family and friends. The sessions serve as a timely reminder that students are not alone and options exist for them to discuss problems, obtain clarification and seek reassurance.

This applies just as much to their studies as the ongoing situation at home and abroad. To this end, we’re grateful to Dr Abdul-Al and Al-Ahli Hospital for offering their support to our student community.

Student Affairs is well aligned with the HBKU mandate of promoting community outreach and ensure an inclusive environment for its students. The department leads various activities throughout the year to foster a sense of belonging within the HBKU community.

HBKU’s online counseling services for students, faculty, and staff take place every Saturday, morning and afternoon. Advance registration is NOT required.

For more information, visit hbku.edu.qa.