On an inspiring episode of The Brand Called, we have with us a very accomplished woman, Ms. Luma Bashmi. Ms. Bashmi is a Bahraini researcher. She is the Head of Scientific Research and Development at the King Hamad University Hospital. She is an author and a scientific researcher. She has specialised in Health Psychology and Public Health. Ms. Bashmi had studied and worked in the US. She is also the Founder of ‘Illa Beirut’, a foundation to help people, post the Beirut Explosion.
Talking about her experience in psychology, Ms. Bashmi remarked the importance of mental health. She also pointed out the taboo around mental health that needs to be eradicated. She explained the stage at which people should consider treatment be it physical or mental. She believes that having a bad day can be related to a wider mental problem. Ms. Bashmi also mentioned the increasing level of stress, as a major reason for most diseases these days. And that stress can also affect immunity greatly.
Talking about her foundation Illa Beirut, Ms. Bashmi mentioned how she reached out to therapists online in order to provide mental health treatments to the people of Beirut, post the bombings. Her initiative for providing psychological support has proved extremely helpful to the traumatised people of Beirut.
From changing career course after the age of thirty one to fighting of breast cancer, Ms. Bashmi has broken most glass ceilings. She has gone out of her way to help people and give back to the community.
Luma Bashmi, Head of Scientific Research & Development, King Hamad University Hospital