Policy Options on Mental Health

In this course you will learn about challenges in public mental health, and to identify and use policy options for the implementation of mental health policies.

Policy Options on Mental Health
At a glance
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22
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24
August 2022
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10:30
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16:30
CEST
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Format: 
Hybrid
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Credits: 
1 ECTS / Certificate

About the course

The mental health challenges we face are both immediately and long term, and 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 multi-sectoral approaches and actively involve stakeholders.

The course will address:

  • 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;
  • The impact of the COVID19 epidemic on mental health.

Learning objectives

By 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
  • Know the relevance and implications of the COVID19 epidemic for public mental health

Prerequisites

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

Pedagogical methods

  • A mix of lectures, practical activities, and interactive sessions

Pedagogical methods

Assessment procedure

  • At the end of the course, participants will be asked to write a two-page policy brief on a topic of their choice

Format description

At least one facilitator will be on-site in Lugano, and some will join online. Participants are welcomed to join either on-site in Lugano, or online. In case of a change of regional policies (e.g., Covid) or personal reasons, the course could change to online.

At a glance
Date icon
22
-
&
24
August 2022
Schedule icon
10:30
-
16:30
CEST
Zoom icon
Format: 
Hybrid
Star icon
Credits: 
1 ECTS / Certificate