Mental Health: A Global Priority

This course is designed to help you develop a broader understanding of mental health and illness from a global perspective. Over five weeks you will be guided in exploring how and why the current challenges faced in mental health care vary globally.

About The Course

Mental illness can affect anyone. It is an important cause of disability worldwide. However the pathways to receiving adequate and humane mental health care vary within countries and between countries. This mental health inequity is a challenge to be explored and overcome in order to attain better health for all nations. Participating in this course is a step towards overcoming this global challenge.

The 5-week course begins with an introduction to fundamental concepts related to mental health and illness and presents evidence for global mental health inequity. The course will consider how factors such as stigma, violations of human rights, culture, spirituality, partnerships and technology may affect the pathways to mental health care. We will also consider the effects of globalisation on mental illness and mental health care. The course concludes by looking at the opportunities we have in the 21st century to prioritise and improve mental health from a local and global perspective.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

    Yes. Participants who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

  • Do I earn University of Edinburgh credits upon completion of this class?

    No. The Statement of Accomplishment is not part of a formal qualification from the University. However, it may be useful to demonstrate prior learning and interest in your subject to a higher education institution or potential employer.

  • What resources will I need for this class?

    All you need is a computer or other device with internet access.

  • What are the learning outcomes of this course and why should I take it?

    If you are keen to discover more about the mental health challenges that are faced by people living and working in different parts of world today, and if you willing to consider how these challenges may be overcome, then this is probably the course for you.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!