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.
Good mental health policy will help people, organizations, and governments deal with the novel coronavirus and meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 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:
By the end of the course participants will:
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.