Hundreds of Qatar Airways employees completed a 4.8 km walk down the east runway of Hamad International Airport (HIA) this week, organised by the airline to promote good mental health among staff and their families.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker, attended the walk, alongside HIA Chief Operating Officer Engineer Badr Mohammed Al Meer, and Qatar Airways Group Medical Director Dr John Roberts. They were joined by Susan Clelland, Acting Executive Director of the National Mental Health Program at the Ministry of Public Health; Iain Tully, CEO for Mental Health at Hamad Medical Corporation; and Dr Samya Ahmad Al Abdulla, Executive Director of Operations at Primary Health Care Corporation.
The walk was designed and organised by Qatar Airways to highlight the habits that support good mental health, such as regular exercise and participation in social, community-based activities. It was the first event of its kind organised by the airline and represented a unique opportunity for employees to explore HIA’s runway first hand.
According to HE Al Baker, walking down HIA’s runway alongside hundreds of colleagues to promote this worthy cause was a wonderful experience for our staff.
At Qatar Airways, we understand that mental health is as important as physical health to overall well-being. I hope that this walk has contributed to raising awareness of mental health among our employees and encouraged meaningful conversations between colleagues. I would like to thank everyone who attended today – it is only through our individual actions that we can create change.’
The walk started at 10 am and concluded at 11 am. Before the walk, employees and their families enjoyed a range of activities at HIA’s boarding gates, including children’s games, food and beverage stalls, and a visit from Qatar Airways mascots – Orry and Orah. Employees also received a medal for their participation after the walk.
The event at HIA is just one of the many ways that Qatar Airways is promoting positive mental health and well-being. The airline is also one of the few airlines in the world to provide in-house mental health support to employees through a dedicated team of trained psychologists led by Qatar Airways Group Medical Director, Dr John Roberts. It is also the only organisation outside the health sector in Qatar that has an in-house team of mental health professionals.
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