For a country of over 1.3 billion people, India has only about 8,000 psychiatrists. The enormous need gap can be addressed with the help of additional trained resources. Primary care physicians can play an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of common mental disorders.
About The Program
Through a 5-month certificate course, the program enhances the knowledge, skills and core competencies of Primary Care Physicians in the identification, management and treatment of common mental disorders.
The program also helps to develop and update standard teaching protocols and modules for evidence-based learning, build a nationwide network of Primary Care Physicians and specialists as well as continually update them with the latest advancements in the field of mental health.
Mode Of Delivery
Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata
5 modules spanning 5 months
Limited applications will be accepted
Module 1: Introduction to Common Mental Disorders
Module 2: Depression, Anxiety disorders and Suicide
Module 3: Psychosomatic disorders, Neurocognitive disorders, and Psychosis
Module 4: Alcohol and other substance use disorders
Module 5: Childhood Mental and Behavioral Disorders, National Policies and Programs & Long term mental health care
"My knowledge about common mental disorders wasn't up to the mark, however, after understanding this training I feel confident to treat them. I'm a senior consultant physician dealing with common mental disorders regularly and I feel more competent in dealing with these disorders now."
Since Launch In 2016
Across the country
The treatment gap in India is over 70%. According to WHO, by 2020, about 20% of the population will suffer from mental illnesses. PHFI is committed to addressing these challenges by training healthcare professionals through evidence-based practices and new advances in the field of health. Physicians are the first point of contact for any community member and hence it becomes important that they are trained to manage common mental health disorders. This course is an effort to integrate mental health into primary healthcare and facilitate patient-centric and holistic services.
Dr. Sandeep Bhalla - Advisor, Training Division, Public Health Foundation of India
Mental health must be aligned with primary care. Social stigma contributes to persons with mental illness being neglected around the world. People still believe that mental illness can only affect a small set of the population. However, India alone accounts for nearly 15% of global mental, neurological, and substance abuse disorders. In addition, there is a shortage of mental health professionals. Given this, AHPI has collaborated with TLLLF and PHFI to train primary care physicians in common mental disorders. This is a step towards tackling the increasing number of instances and treating them on time through accurate diagnosis.
Dr. Alexander Thomas, President, Association of Healthcare Providers