Leadership in Mental Health 2018


Sangath takes great pleasure in announcing its eleventh annual course in “Leadership in Mental Health” from

December 3 to December 14, 2018, in Goa, India.


Aims and objectives

The Leadership in Mental Health (LMH) course aims to equip participants with methods to develop and scale up interventions for mental health in resource-constrained settings. It also aims to augment leadership skills needed to scale up mental health care programmes and promote the human rights of people with mental illness.

Who should attend

The course has been designed for individuals who have at least some experience in the mental health sector, and are passionate and committed to improving care at a population level, for people with mental illness and promoting their human rights. These can include health professionals, allied health professionals, researchers, academics, people with lived experiences, carers, programme implementers, advocates, and policymakers. The course is also open to students who have the interest to build a career in global mental health. Since the course is focused on a public health perspective to mental health, participants need not have prior experience in a clinical speciality related to mental health.


Faculty for the course comprises of professionals with expertise and grounded experience in diverse aspects of developing and evaluating mental health programs across the lifespan. Some confirmed tutors for this year’s course are:

* Prof Vikram Patel (Harvard Medical School and Sangath),

* Prof Graham Thornicroft (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London)

* Prof Richard Velleman (University of Bath and Sangath)

* Dr Soumitra Pathare (Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy at the Indian Law Society)

* Dr Gauri Divan (Sangath)

* Dr Abhijit Nadkarni (Sangath)


Course content

Broadly the course curriculum will cover the following themes

* Global Mental Health – making the case and setting priorities; and bridging the treatment and credibility gaps

* Stakeholder dialogue in global mental health practice

* Scaling up services through community-based, facility-based, and technology platforms

* Developing services for prevention of mental health problems

* Disability, mental health care, law, and human rights

* Practical aspects of implementation and scaling up integrated mental health services

* Concepts and evidence-based interventions to reduce stigma,

* Developing a mental health care plan- fundamental principles, monitoring & evaluation

The content is revised every year based on feedback from course participants and tutors.


Course Fees

The course fees (including taxes) for the year 2018 are:

* Indian residents: Rs. 20,000

* Residents of other low-income countries: $880

* Residents of upper/lower middle-income countries: $1100

* Residents of high-income countries: $1650

(as per World Bank classification)


These fees cover participation in the course, course materials, lunch meals and refreshments on course days. It does not include travel costs, accommodation, and dinner meals.


Cancellation charges

Cancellation of registration by the participant will involve the following deduction from the course fees:

* Cancellation by 3rd of May, 2018: Deduction will be 10% of total fees.

* Cancellation by 3rd of September, 2018: Deductions will be 25% of total fees.

* Cancellation by 3rd November 2018: Deduction will be 50% of total fees.

* Cancellation after 3rd November 2018: Deduction of 100% of total fees.


Participants are responsible for obtaining a conference visa or other permissions to attend the course, and are advised to start the application process as early as possible, as obtaining conference visas can take a longer time. Participants will need to contact the organizing team early on to obtain support letters for the visa application.

The conference visa requires an invitation letter from the organizers in addition to a No Objection Certificate from the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Both these documents will be provided by the organizers to participants who have paid and confirmed their registrations.

Participants from Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, foreigners of Pakistani origin and Stateless persons also need permissions from Indian Ministry of Home and Ministry of External Affairs to obtain a conference visa. The permissions will be obtained by the organizers for participants who have paid and confirmed their registrations. Please note that participants from the above-mentioned countries need to register and make the payment of fees before September 30, 2018, since the permissions can take 6-8 weeks.

Contact us

For more information and queries, please write us to lmh@sangath.in


To know about cancellation charges, please click here