Dana Darwish, host at Jordan’s number one English-language radio station Play 99.5 and a public speaker, launched an Instagram channel, Choosekind.jo. She formed a partnership under Love Jo with Mental Health Hub (Dr.Falah al Tamimi) to spread mental health awareness through the Instagram channel followed by nationwide campaigns that target schools and youth centers.
The channel, which she uses every day to show how body image, stress and anxiety and a wide range of issues that many people face impact mental health, is targeted specifically at Jordanian youth, as Dana feels that it’s high time to reach out to the youth population of the country.
Choosekind.jo Promotes Mental Health Wellbeing
“We have partnered with Mental Health Hub to promote mental wellbeing. We aim to highlight all topics that effect youth mental health, the idea is to also promote mental wellbeing and positive psychology.”
We face two kinds of issues, the first being the lack of understanding of mental health, some people feel that mental health is secondary and usually issues are ignored and swept under the carpet, the second issue is the stigma around it and lack of resources. We need to address these issues at the community level and fight back stigma together”, said Dana.
Dana, who is passionate about connecting with her listening and creating community awareness around mental health topics, has been hosting a 4-hour-long primetime show since 2018. The show brings Jordanian talents under the spotlight so that young and talented people of the country get inspired to express and promote themselves.
In one of her latest sessions where she hosted Dr Khaled Ghattas, the pair discussed the impact of social media on mental health.
A Launchpad For New Talents
As many deserving Jordanian athletes do not get due recognition, the show has collaborated with the Jordanian Olympic Committee to highlight their achievements in sports.
The founder of Choosekind.jo, now promotes positive psychology through her Instagram channel, which was officially launched in May 2020.
Jordanian radio host Dana Darwish is also the founder of Choose kind – a mental health-related Instagram channel where she interacts with Jordanian youth every day.