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.
Nothing About Us, Without Us - Voices from the Global South
28th-29th November 2015
Movement For Global Mental Health is delighted to announce the fourth Global Mental Health Summit to be held at the TISS Campus in Mumbai, India on the 28th and 29th of November 2015. The focus of this year’s Global Health Summit, themed “Nothing About Us, Without Us”, will be driven mainly by persons living with mental health issues from different social, cultural and educational ecosystems. The aim is to bring to the forefront voices of individuals from marginalized backgrounds, those who are rarely represented in discussions related to the mental health agenda.
We invite contributions (for both the scientific and non-scientific sessions that include theatre, short films, music, dance and other art forms) that highlight the issues faced by people living with mental health issues. People interested in attending and presenting at the Summit should contact the secreatariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the Registration and Submission Forms