Learning Mental Health Education: Experiences from a short-term course

1 Fellowship Scholar Department of Mental Health Education, NIMHANS, Bangalore

2 Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health Education, NIMHANS, Bangalore

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology NIMHANS

4 Fellowship Scholar Department of Mental Health Education, NIMHANS, Bangalore

5 M.A Psychology, Mental Health Education Certification course participant, NIMHANS

6 Senior Professor of Psychiatry, Dean, Behavioral Sciences & Head, Department of Mental Health Education, NIMHANS

This paper describes a distinctive one-month certification programme in Mental Health Education, designed, conceptualised and executed at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), a renowned multidisciplinary tertiary care hospital and training institute for mental health and neurosciences in India. A wide variety of topics integral to mental health education were covered in a short time frame by experts in the field of mental health through novel methodologies. This brief report details the first-hand experiences of the three participants and their perspectives on the content and format of the programme and its potential applications. Learning’s can have a profound impact on significantly enhancing the evidence-based support for developing strategies that enhance the Mental Health Literacy of the community.
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