Global Mental Health

Discipline: Psychology
Instructor: Kantrowitz
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0925
End: 1040
Field Work: Day 1 - Lisbon - Wednesday, 1 October | Portugal Download Syllabus

The aim of this course is to introduce undergraduate students interested in psychology to the field of Global Mental Health, providing an understanding of the field and its issues. Global mental health has been defined as “the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving mental health and achieving equity in mental health for all people worldwide.” An understanding of this field requires integration of information from a variety of fields, including psychology, sociology, anthropology and psychiatry. Topics will include: definition of mental health and mental illness; global burden of disease and mental health issues in low-resource countries; social determinants of mental well-being; stigma, discrimination, and promotion of human rights; mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings; and types of mental health workers, including professionals, lay workers and indigenous healers.

Field Work

Country: Portugal
Day: 1 - Lisbon - Wednesday, 1 October

The Field Lab for Global Mental Health will take place in Lisbon, Portugal on October 1, our first day in port. We will spend the day at NOVA University of Lisbon.  In the morning faculty from the Department of Mental Health, Faculty of Medical Sciences will lecture on such topics as: the creation, implementation, and evaluation of mental health policies, plans and programs; the treatment gap in low and middle income countries; mental health law and human rights; mental health service research; and stigma related to mental disorders.  In the afternoon we will be visiting their mental health services and will learn about the range of treatment needs they address. Academic Objectives: 1. Develop a better understanding of Global Mental Health by learning about mental health systems in Europe in general and, Portugal in specific. 2. Recognize the negative impact of stigma and discrimination on those with mental disorders and their families, including how these attitudes and behaviors deter people from seeking mental health care and affect funding of adequate and appropriate services and programs. 3. Learn about human rights violations of the mentally ill and the need for mental health law and national policies to protect those with mental disabilities.