The average number of psychiatrists in low-income countries is 1 per 2 million, as compared with one per 12,000 in high-income countries (WHO ATLAS 2011).

Psychiatrists are by no means the only form of mental health providers, but the overall picture of human resources for mental health is equally unequal. The rate of mental health professionals (this includes psychologists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and others) per general population is 1.3 to 100,000 in low-income countries, as compared with 50.8 to 100,000 in high-income countries.

The solution is clearly not to export the mental health systems of high-income countries into low-income countries. But some form of skills training, or capacity building, is essential to achieve the Movement's goal of scaling up effective services for mental health in low- and middle-income countries.

This page offers information about courses of training in mental health, be it public health or clinical training, as practiced in low- and middle-income countries. Some courses are diploma-based, while others are short-courses aimed at professional development for people holding jobs. In addition, some courses are online, while others are in-person.

If you would like to add your course to this site, please fill in a Training courses submission form.