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A unique public bench project was announced today to highlight the critical importance of mental health and the broad role football and sport can play in promoting mental health. 32 "Friendship benches" representing the 32 participating countries of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. They will be located at key locations in Doha, such as around the stadium.
The project is part of the Sports for Health Collaborative Programme hosted by the World Health Organization and the Qatar Ministry of Public Health. Its goal is to demonstrate the importance of mental health and provide guidance on how to promote mental health, including through emphasis on physical activity and physical activity. The action is supported by FIFA, the High Commission for Delivery and Legacy, the World Health Innovation Summit, the Friendship Bench NGO, and the WHO Partnership for Universal Health Coverage.
On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, the first benches were displayed today at the 974 Arena in Doha, a venue for this year's World Cup. The Qatar Foundation hosted a global health event, the World Health Innovation Summit, on the eve of World Mental Health Day, where the bench initiative was presented and the England bench was showcased.
British athlete Sir Mo Farah is the most successful men's track and field runner of all time, the winner of ten Olympic and World Championships gold medals. He attended the unveiling of the England Bench. Her Royal Highness Princess Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice President and CEO of Qatar Foundation, also attended the unveiling ceremony and participated in a panel discussion on sports and mental health, fully demonstrating her emphasis on the bench project.
Her Royal Highness Princess Hind said: “I met Sir Mo and heard him tell the touching story of how he left Mogadishu to London as a child and the mental health challenges he faced. It is extremely important to sit down and talk about our mental health. Qatar I am proud of the foundation's global health program that promotes mental health in very innovative and practical ways."
The Bench Project is aligned with the common goals and activities of each partner organization and collaborative program. FIFA - WHO launches #ActiveCommunications campaign. The Qatar Ministry of Health has launched the "How are you?" project. WHO supports the novel Friendship Bench project proposed by Zimbabwe. The Friendship Bench concept was also promoted at the World Health Innovation Summit event. The Friendship Bench program also facilitates physical activity, which is an important part of sports and wellness programs. Each bench is painted with a special pattern explaining how to do some simple and effective exercises that are good for your health.
"From park benches to football fields, benches are simple and powerful tools for promoting mental health," said WHO Director-General Dr Tedros. "The Friendship Bench Project reminds us that the simple act of sitting down and talking can have a huge impact on mental health."
The Qatari Minister of Public Health, Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, said the bench project is a concrete, enduring symbol that reflects the importance of the Partnership for Sport for Health, the goals of the Qatar World Cup, the first in the Middle East and the Arab world, and the WHO Legacy of the organization's collaborative work with the Qatar Ministry of Public Health.
Al Kuwari also noted, “Mental health is at the heart of the Sport for Health Partnership. Our aim is to provide Qatari residents and visitors with a meeting place during and after the World Cup through the Friendship Bench, to exchange greetings and to take advantage of opportunities to talk and Do sports."
Hassan Al Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Delivery and Legacy, said: "We are proud to support this project and further use our opportunity to host the World Cup to improve health. These benches are a permanent commemoration of the first World Cup in the Middle East and the Arab world, while also promoting Focusing on mental health issues across our country."
The final locations of the 32 benches will be announced soon. Once installed, information will be shared on how Qatari residents and tourists visit and use the benches in each participating country to promote mental health efforts.
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