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Leadership in Mental Health

A 3-part immersive course to build your capacity in designing and implementing mental health programs for low-resource settings.




Phase I: Online
Every Friday and Saturday between 13th September 2024 to 30th November 2024

Phase II: In-person residential bootcamp in Goa, India
26th January 2025 to 31st January 2025 (with participants arriving on 25th January and leaving on 1st February 2025)

Phase III: Online mentoring for a year to a select participants who complete Phase II
February 2025- January 2026

Fees & structure

Last date to apply

Rolling applications*
We will stop accepting applications once our seats are filled so we encourage participants to apply as soon as possible.


Online and in-person in Goa, India


About the course

Why Leadership in Mental Health?

You should attend this course if you are seeking an opportunity to enhance your understanding and skills in the field of global mental health.

1.    Global mental health focus

·         Learn how to make the case for and set priorities within global mental health​

·         Understand the treatment and credibility gaps

2.   Action-oriented curriculum

·         Learn how to design your own evidence-based, scalable and sustainable mental health programs

·         Learn how to measure and evaluate the impact of community-based, facility-based, and technology-enabled programs

3.   Multi-disciplinary faculty

·         ​Learn from lived experience experts, leaders in the space of disability and human rights, and academics with experience in health systems, stigma reduction, community-based interventions, etc.

4.   Diverse classroom cohort

·         Interact and network with a diverse and curated group of participants who bring a variety of local and global perspectives, challenges and experiences to the classroom


What will the course cover?

Course content: Phase I

The course encompasses a range of themes relevant to global mental health and leadership, below are examples of what to expect: 

Theme 1: Task-sharing and integrating mental health with communicable and non-communicable disease

Theme 2: Developing community-based participatory interventions

Theme 3: Health systems’ strengthening and transitioning from evidence to policy and practice in low resource settings

Theme 4: Understanding social determinants of mental health

Theme 5: Digital solutions in mental health care

Theme 6: The critiques and future of global mental health

Course content: Phase II

• Essentials of developing complex interventions

• Theories, models and frameworks to develop interventions

• Process of implementation of complex interventions

• Evaluating the impact of interventions

• Process of scaling up

• Evaluation of mental health care plans

This will be a hands-on interactive experience wherein participants get an opportunity to develop an intervention in a topic area they are interested in with the help of course tutors and peers.

Who can apply?

  • Students interested in global mental health  

  • Health professionals and practitioners 

  • Program managers and coordinators 

  • Early career researchers in any health-related field 

  • Lived experience experts 

  • Advocates and change-makers 

  • Working in the social and developmental sector

How to apply


What will you receive?

Completion certificates for Phase I and Phase II, respectively.

Information about earlier cohorts/testimonials 

“I appreciated that the content was very intersectional, inclusive and adopted a collaborative view to research, designing interventions and implementation.”

“I really loved how the session was facilitated, very comfortable space to interact in.”

“I appreciate the recordings as someone who is in a different time zone and had session timings in the middle of the night.”

“All the classes were very engaging. The group activities were cherry on the cake.”

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