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

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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