Developing leadership is of particular importance in the field of mental health. Mental disorders are a problem of major public health importance. They are highly prevalent and can have severe consequences. They cause a great deal of suffering for those who are ill and for those who care for them. Their prevalence is likely to increase in the years to come. Their treatment is possible and the results of treatment in terms of a significant reduction of symptoms and the prevention of impairment are better than those obtained by the treatment of other serious non-communicable diseases. Yet, despite the importance of such disorders and the availability of the means to deal with them, most people with severe mental disorders do not receive treatment. The main reason for this is the stigma attached to mental illness – stigma that indicates that the mentally ill are incurable, often dangerous and in general unlikely to be ever again useful to society.
AMH has been actively involved in various educational programmes. References to some of the material produced in collaboration with AIMHP and used in its educational programmes follow:
Sartorius N (2013) Acquiring Leadership Skills: Description of an International Programme for Early Career Psychiatrists In: Bhugra D, Ruis P, Gupta S. Leadership in Psychiatry, Wiley Blackwell, pp 226-232 (ISBN 978-1-119-95291-6). Acquiring Leadership Skills
Herrman H, Maj M, Sartorius N, editors. (2009) Depressive Disorders. WPA Series Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry. Third Edition. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons; 338p (ISBN 978-0-470-98720-9), also translated into Spanish (ISBN 978-047-098-720-9).
Helmchen H, Sartorius N. (2010) Ethics in Psychiatry. International Library of Ethics. Law and the New Medicine. 45 573p Springer (ISBN 978-90-481-8720-1).
Ghodse H, Herrman, H, Maj M & Sartorius N (eds). (2011) Substance Abuse Disorders: Evidence and Experience. Wiley-Blackwell, 307 p, (ISBN 978-0-4704-4510-6).
Stuart H, Arboleda-Florez J, Sartorius N. (2012). Paradigms Lost – Fighting Stigma and the Lessons Learned. Oxford University Press, 304p, (ISBN 978-0-19-979763-9). (also available under Oxford Medicine Online).
Callard F, Sartorius N, Arboleda-Flórez J, Barlett P, Hanfried H, Taborda J. Stuart H, Thornicroft G. (2012). Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice. Wiley-Blackwell, A.John Wiley & Sons, 352 p. (ISBN 978-1-119-95354-8).
Cooper J. E, Sartorius N. (2013) A Companion to the Classification of Mental Disorders. Oxford University Press, 138 p, (ISBN 9780199669493).
Sartorius N. (2009) 9.2. The Classification of Mental Disorders in the International Classification of Diseases. In: Sadock BJ, Sadock VA, Ruiz P, editors. (2009) Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Ninth Edition. Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; p. 1139-1151. (ISBN 10987654321
Gureje O, Hollins S, Botbol M, Javed A, Jorge M, Okech V, Riba M, Trivedi JK, Sartorius N, Jenkins R. (2009) Report of the WPA Task Force on Brain Drain. World Psychiatry. 8:115-118.
Sartorius N, Janca A, Saxena S, Üstün TB (2010) Psychiatric assessment instruments developed by the World Health Organization In: Thornicroft G, Tansella M, (editors) Mental Health Outcome Measures (third edition), Royal College of Psychiatry. Publications, 281-312.
For each of the Action Mental Health courses/workshops Programmes, the faculty prepares materials adapted to the local situation. The content of courses therefore varies. As an example, the following materials were used during Courses on Leadership and Professional Development of Young Psychiatrists, in Nairobi, Kenya (2007) and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2006).
Assessment of needs for mental health care
Course for Young Psychiatrists_CD
Curriculum vitae preparation
Doing your own research
Methods of evaluation of the effects of care
How to give a lecture
How to give a seminar
How to make a poster
How to prepare and conduct a meeting
How to write a report of a session
Making things happen: implementing a plan
Preparing a paper
Reading a paper
Setting or assessing priorities
Teaching clinical skills
Training mental health professionals
Treating Depression in Primary Care
2. Other documents produced
Books and articles produced since 2014