Pcourse ID: 2020_cMH
Policy Options on Mental Health in the SDGs era


Global mental health has entered the Sustainable Development Goals era. Previous focus on the treatment gap and on low and middle-income countries is still relevant. However, mental health is now conceived as a public good, crucial to attain economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. The prominence of social determinants of mental health and a shift from diagnosis to a dimensional approach provide unique opportunities for mental health promotion, and prevention. Now more than ever, it is imperative that mental health policies align with the SDGs, and implementation efforts embrace and promote multisectoral approaches and actively involve stakeholders.

The two facilitators have complementary profiles, long, and extremelyy diverse experiences in the field of global mental health. This contributes to produce a unique blend of an unparalleled historical perspective on global mental health with robust evidence-based approaches.

The course is intense, dense, and highly interactive. Its goal is to harness students with skills and tools indispensable to design, implement, and monitor mental health policies, critically accounting for and making best use of the endless opportunities provided by the SDGs.


At the end of the course participants will:

  • Know the key pending mental health issues and challenges in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Be familiar with the existing experiences, evidence and good practices to inform the public health response to the population’s mental health needs
  • Be able to contribute to the design of mental health policy, plans, and programs
  • Be able to identify barriers and facilitators to inform and guide local implementation of mental health policies and plans
  • Have acquired competences for the design and assessment of complex interventions for mental health


None specific.

Previous or current involvement and/or research in mental health projects and programs at all levels of health and social systems is an asset.

Emiliano Albanese

UniversitĂ  della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences (CH)

Benedetto Saraceno

Director, Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health, NOVA University, Lisbon (PT)