By Deepthi Nair
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) By making mental health information more accessible, Dr. Saliha Afridi hopes to raise awareness for early detection and treatment of mental illness. She hopes her clinic also inspires and uplifts her employees who serve the community each and every day.
This entrepreneur does not run her business purely for a financial motive. She has made a commitment to serve the community and make the UAE a healthier place. Meet Dr Saliha Afridi, clinical psychologist and managing director of The Lighthouse Arabia (TLH), a community mental health clinic in Dubai.
“I have worked in places that I found to be uninspiring, demotivating and at times even toxic. I wanted to work in a place that had beautiful energy and one that I loved going into, where the team was supportive of each other, where we kept the community agenda front and center, and we held ourselves to the highest professional development standards. I couldn’t find such a place — so I created one. TLH was born as a result of me wanting to work consistently with my values,” says Saliha.
While the clinic offers for-fee services, the whole team has given hundreds of hours for free to community education, community outreach, parenting education, corporate wellness and mental health education. “We all feel we are living out our life‘s purpose, not just providing a service that the community needs. We make sure everyone has the opportunity and time to do something for the community for which they don’t get paid. This is why we are different,” she adds.
The clinic aims to spread the message about the importance of taking care of child and adult mental health. By making mental health information more accessible, the team wants to raise awareness for early detection and treatment.