Three-day effort focuses on mental health


By Amal Haneef

UNIVERSITY CITY, SHARJAH – The American University of Sharjah’s Office of Student Affairs launched a three-day initiative in commemoration of World Mental Health Day on Oct. 10-12, featuring numerous stalls, games, and food for health and wellness. 

The program intended to raise mental health awareness on campus by supporting students in identifying ways to stay positive by prioritizing their mental and physical well-being.

Diverse student clubs actively participated, including the Neuroscience Society, game development, economics, and creative writing clubs, along with organizations like the AUS Wellness and Office of Sustainability to provide support.

The event’s game component was designed to promote psychological well-being through interactive experiences. Gamers could advance through different levels, which symbolized a sense of hope and accomplishment. Nutrition games were also included, with a focus on educating students about the vital connection between brain and gut health.

Nutritious snacks were offered, such as dark chocolate and nuts, promoting the idea that a healthy diet contributes to overall well-being.

Sustainability Coordinator and Clinical Nutritionist Nathalie Curabba said, “Sound nutrition provides the raw materials necessary for the brain to function optimally. A diet consisting of whole, unprocessed foods can supply a variety of nutrients that promote good brain health which ultimately supports overall mental wellbeing.”