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Discussion Session

Residents meet with peers and faculty facilitators quarterly to discuss identified topics and/or present their ongoing projects for feedback and learning.

GMH Theme/Lens
Broad Topics Covered
Some of the Questions Discussed
Introduction to GMH and the global burden of disease 1. Definition; 2. History and evolution; 3. Global burden of disease; 4. Treatment gap in GMH; 5. Critiques of GMH What do we mean by GMH? How did the concept of GMH evolve? What’s the global burden of mental illness (DALYs) across countries and the treatment gap? What are some critiques of the GMH movement?
Social determinants and prevention in GMH 1. Social determinants of mental health; 2. Recovery (vs illness) focus; 3. Prevention and promotion focus; 4. War and GMH; 5. Climate change and GMH How do people across different cultures experience mental illness differently? What socio-cultural factors influence recovery/ prognosis? How do we move from a treatment focus to a prevention and population mental health promotion focus? How do natural and man-made calamities (including war, climate change and broader geopolitical factors) affect mental health?
Human Rights, Policy, Law & GMH 1. UN Human rights framwork; 2. Convention on the rights of persons with disability (CRPD); 3. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
How does the legal and policy framework interface with GMH? How can we use human rights perspective to improve rights of people with mental illness?
Research and education in GMH 1. Research methods in GMH; 2. Research priorities in GMH; 3. Funding in GMH research; 4. Training programs in GMH
Why is research in GMH important (relative to service provision)? How does GMH research differ from other psychiatric research? What are the priorities (basic science vs implementation science) and who are the key players? What are some training programs in GMH?
Implementation and resources in GMH 1. "Packages of care" and WHO mhGAP; 2. Collaborative care; 3. Capacity building and Task sharing; 4. Technology in GMH; 5. Challenges What are some models to bridge the treatment gap in GMH? eg- collaborative care, task sharing and technology? What does implementation science teach us about delivering interventions in GMH? What are challenges in scaling up these models?
Special populations in GMH 1. Women; 2. Children; 3. Elderly; 4. Refugees and migrants How does an emphasis on GMH especially help vulnerable populations such as women, children, elderly, migrants, disaster-affected populations?

The YGMHP compiled a reading list with articles that correspond with the Competencies. For each Competency, there are 5-7 articles, with additional readings. (Note, the reading list was created in 2018, so there may be more current articles that address the topics covered).