course ID: 2

Design, assessment, and implementation of policy, plans, and interventions for mental health


  • Pending and pressing issues and challenges in public mental health
  • 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 in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • 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 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
  • Acquire 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

Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, UniversitĂ  della Svizzera italiana;

Associate Professor of Public Mental Health and Director, WHO Collaborating Center for research and training in mental health, University of Geneva, Switzerland (CH)

Benedetto Saraceno

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