Training: Mental Health Awareness and Psychological First Aid Course

Friday, March 6, 2015

This is a 2 days training programme and the dates are: 30th to 31st August 2015. The course will take place from 8:30am- 4:30pm. 

Venue: Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Male'

Medium of Instruction: English.

The training is aimed at: anyone and everyone who may contact into contact professionally with people with mental health illnesses and issues but it is aimed for people who are non-health care professionals. It would be useful for school teachers, police officers, general workers in NGOs which may be related in some or any way to mental health, general counsellors (this course will be too basic for psychologists and psychotherapists and thus not recommended for trained clinical psychologists or psychotherapists) and any other non-health care professionals who may come into contact with people suffering with mental health issues. (For health-care professionals, we recommend our 6 days course.)

Aims of training 

This will be a basic introduction into some of the main mental disorders providing a basic and general awareness of some of the common mental disorders and the topics include; depression, suicide, psychosis, drug use and its disorders. The course will also provide training in psychological first aid, which will be based on WHO Psychological First Aid: Guide for Field workers, published by the WHO in 2011. The aim is to spot the early signs of mental health problem, feel confident helping someone experiencing a mental health problem, provide help on a first aid basis, help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others, help stop a mental illness from getting worse, help someone recover faster, guide someone towards the right support and finally the course aims to reduce the stigma of mental health problems with a better awareness of it.

Background about trainers: 

The course will be taught by psychiatrists and members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom.

Dr Shaazneen Ali, MBBS, MSc, MRCPsych

Dr Soumitra Burman-Roy, MBBS, BMedSci, MSc, MRCPsych

Dr Bartlomiej Matras, Dr, MSc, MRCPsych


The training programmes are conducted by MHAF In association with:

Ministry of Health, Republic of Maldives. 


This course was attended by 23 participants from non-healthcare backgrounds including those working in various charities in the Maldives, school teachers, counsellors and police officers. The feed-back by the second group of participants again described the training as one that was a required one for them to serve their community.