The MSc in Global Mental Health
King's College London, Institue of Psychiatry and University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, LSHTM).
The leader of the main Labour opposition party in the UK has described mental health as the "biggest unadressed health challenge of our age". This important position by a leadig politician was taken in part following recent negative use of language around mental health used by well known personalities in the UK media.
British television Icon, Ruby Wax, opens up about her depression in a new, cutting-edge documentary. She also supports three successful businesspeople as they disclose a mental health condition to their colleagues and friends, and meets two brave MPs who recently spoke about their battles with depression in the House of Commons. In addition, this pioneering documentary sheds light on the prejudice, enshrined in law, against people with mental illness. It will be screen on 23rd July at 10pm on UK Channel 4.
This pan-Europe project aims to contribute to the improvement of conditions in institutions for people with mental ill health or mental disability. ITHACA will gather information about the factors necessary to create and successfully implement policy to promote human rights, dignity and general health of residents in institutions. This information will be based on the best available evidence and experience. It will pilot a method of assessing best practice in relations to human rights and dignity and general health which is suitable for use across the European Union and set up a network of 15 sites committed to improving the quality of care in mental institutions. The assessments can be used to ensure practice within institutions is brought up to minimally acceptable levels.
As of September 2012, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in collaboration with King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry will be launch an MSc in Global Mental Health. The course is residential and either full-time for one year or part-time for two years. Teaching faculty from the two institutions include many of the leaders in the new discipline of Global Mental Health, including Prof Vikram Patel (LSHTM) and Prof Martin Prince (King’s IoP).