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At the start of her education, long before she offered therapy in Dubai, Reem Shaheen dived straight into psychology. While studying at the American University in Cairo, she worked for an organization that helped refugees from across Africa.   “It was everything — from rape to witnessing your family being murdered to witnessing your children being murdered — it was quite traumatic,” she says. “It took me a while to recover from that.”  While treating...

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Meg Nakagawa-Hoffman knows about mental health challenges: the New York University Abu Dhabi student was diagnosed with depression at the age of 17.  She sought out a psychiatrist and has been on medication ever since. Then her cousin, who suffered from mental health problems, took his own life. And she became determined to put mental health on the map in a productive way. Now 20, the political science and legal studies major – who is originally...

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Mental stress echoes physical stress in our body. So why do we seem to care so little about our mental health? And when we do wake up, how can we start to feel better? Ricardo Vargas used to be extremely stressed. An aspiring New York-based actor, the American pushed his body to the limits with fitness.  When he turned 33, Vargas became tired of the constant stress-related suffering. The regular anxiety attacks were affecting everything....