Training: Mental Health Training Based on the Mental Health GAP Intervention Guide for neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialised health settings, published by WHO in September 2011

Saturday, March 7, 2015

This is a 6 days training programme and the dates are: 23rd to 29th August 2015 (with a 1 day break on Friday 28th August). 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: general doctors, nurses or other health professionals who may come in direct contact with mental health patients.

Aims of training:

About four out of five people in low- and middle-income countries who need services for mental, neurological and substance use conditions do not receive them. Even when available, the interventions often are neither evidence-based nor of high quality. WHO has launched the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) for low- and middle-income countries with the objective of scaling up care for mental, neurological and substance use disorders. This mhGAP Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) has been developed to facilitate mhGAP-related delivery of evidence-based interventions in non-specialized health-care settings.  The mhGAP-IG includes guidance on evidence-based interventions to identify and manage a number of priority conditions. We will be basing our training on this guide, published by WHO in September 2011.

Contents/modules of training:

1. Introduction

2. General principles of care

3. Depression

4. Suicide and self-harm

5. Psychosis

6. Bipolar affective disorder

7. Drug use and drug use disorders

8. General framework for working with children

9. Developmental disorders

10. Behavioural disorders

11. Other significant emotional or medically unexplained complaints

12. Assessment and management of conditions specifically related to stress

13. Assessment of the course


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 training was attended by 29 participants, both health professionals and non-health professionals, working in front line services and coming into contact with mental health patients and included; doctors, nurses and community health care workers, supervisors from the Home for People with Special Needs, the social workers from the Ministry of Gender and Law, civil officers at the Police victim support unit and other organisations.