course ID: 1.1

Policy Options on Mental Health –

From pressing issues and challenges, to the design, assessment, and implementation of policy, plans, and interventions for mental health.


  • Pending and pressing issues and challenges in public mental health
  • Research methods, complex interventions and evidence-based guidelines design, assessment, and implementation
  • Mental Health Policy and Plans, and Mental Health Services
  • Identification and use of policy options for the implementation of mental health policies


At the end of the course participants will:

  • Know the key pending mental health issues and challenges
  • Understand and master the principles, approaches, and objectives of the 2013-2020 WHO Mental Health Action Plan
  • 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 design mental health policy, plans, and programs
  • Be able to identify barriers and facilitators to inform and guide local implementation of mental health policies
  • Acquire competences in design and assessing complex interventions
  • Use Theory of Change for mental health interventions and policy options


Desireable, but not mandatory:

  • Work and/ or research/ academic experience in mental health at a health system or health services level

Emiliano Albanese


Director, WHO Collaborating Center for research and training in mental health, University of Geneva (School of Medicine), Switzerland

Benedetto Saraceno

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