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 Additional Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology NIMHANS, Bangalore

4 Associate Professor Department of Clinical Psychology NIMHANS

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

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

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

Abstract

This paper describes a distinctive one-month certification programme in Mental Health Education. This was designed, conceptualised and executed at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), a multidisciplinary tertiary care hospital and training institute for mental health and neurosciences in India. Learning about a topic’s integral to mental health education, was facilitated by experts in the field of mental health through diverse and 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. The implications for developing public health strategies to enhance mental health literacy in the community are discussed.

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