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Mental Health Gap Action Programme

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In this mental health worker certificate program, you will learn the essentials of the Mental Health Gap program, which aims to scale up care for mental, neurological and substance abuse problems.

This self-paced online mental health training course for nurses, you will learn the basic concepts required to address and manage mental health issues, some of the leading causes of disability and mortality.

This course begins with an introduction to what the mental health gap is and why it is such an important topic.Next, students will go deeper into the different mental health conditions that exist, before ending with how to deal with issues such as suicide and epileptic seizures. 

Key features of the course

After completing this free online certificate course in mental health, you will have developed certain competencies regarding the mental health gap, including:

  • Establishment communication and building trust.
  • Identification of different mental health conditions.
  • Identification of underlying physical conditions.
  • Protecting the user from harm.
  • Establishment of basic psychological support.
  • First-line medication treatment.
  • Brief motivational interventions.
  • Management of clinical emergencies.
  • Following up and referral.


Pre test.
Introduction module.
Depression module.
General youth framework module.
Developmental disorder module.
Behavioural disorder module.
Dementia Module.
Alcohol use disorder module.
Drugs use disorder module.
Suicide module.
Other Significant Emotional or Medically Unexplained Complaints.
Epilepsy  Seizures Module.
Post Test.

How it works

Study material

This self-paced course has been created so that it is easy to understand and easy to access. It uses a range of different materials designed by qualified experts. Mediums of teaching include pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments.

Getting help

Connect with other students through the course forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate ideas. Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.

Extend your career with a verified certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you successfully complete the course, you will receive an official certificate, which can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

Course Questions & Answers

Course summary

Course code: mhGAP
Average length: 12 weeks
Effort: 2 hours per week
Number of modules: 12
Institution: POLHN
Subject: Mental Health
Language: English
Mode: Self-paced
Status: Ongoing

Course author

Pacific Health Systems and Policy Team

Division of Pacific Technical Support

World Health Organization | Division of Pacific Technical Support | Suva, Fiji

POHLN has a highly dedicated DPS research team, that includes health professionals with over a decade of experience in the domains of Health Security and Emergencies, Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), Health Systems and WHO’s Health Through the Life Course Initiative.

Course focal point

Pacific Health Systems and Policy Team

Technical support

Muhammad Noman Ali

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