Introduction to Global Mental Health and Sustainable Development

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University of Melbourne

The Global and Cultural Mental Health Unit, Centre for Mental Health, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health will deliver a three-day introductory short course on the fast-growing field of global mental health and its contribution to sustainable development.

Mental health is a key public health priority. The impact of mental, neurological and substance use (MNS) disorders and psychosocial disability is substantial on individuals, families and societies worldwide, contributing 10.3% of the Global Burden of Disease and 28% of Years Lived with Disability. Many MNS disorders can be prevented and/or treated. There are effective strategies for mental health promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. These strategies encompass individual and population level interventions.

This short course is an introduction to the field of global mental health and its contribution to sustainable development. The course will provide an overview of global trends and present case examples of initiatives to address mental health, disability and human rights, and contemporary examples of strategies to strengthen mental health and social support systems in low- and middle-income settings. The program will highlight particular priority issues in the field: history of mental health systems, culture and mental health, mental health in humanitarian contexts, disability, and mental health and human rights abuses and protections. The course will consist of lectures, case studies and group discussions to provide an overview of global trends, illustrated by case examples of initiatives to address mental health, disability and human rights, and strategies to strengthen mental health and social support systems and to contribute to sustainable development in low- and middle-income settings.

The next course will be held on the 31st July-2nd August 2017.

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