WHO launches free mental health e-training for nurses, health workers

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) recently endorsed a free training program created by the World Health Organization (WHO) with the aim of improving mental health.

The online course has six learning modules, covering topics on recovery, abuse, violence, human rights, supporting people struggling with mental health problems, as well as looking after your own mental health.

It’s available in a total of 11 different languages ​​and is completely free for anyone to use.

Read the full article from the World Health Organization here

Who should take this course?

This online course is for anyone living with a mental health diagnosis, their family members, people in their support system, as well as all healthcare providers who care for patients.

Elizabeth Iro, WHO’s chief nurse, recommends that every nurse should take this course, stating,

“This will go a long way in providing the people you work with and care for with choice and information about treatment options; offering alternatives to solitude and sobriety; and promoting recovery, hope and community inclusion.

All nurses and nursing students who complete this online course can earn 24 hours of international continuing nursing education credit. This can be an excellent way to obtain the necessary continuing education that may be required to remove your RN license in some states.

Why was this course started?

This training program was developed as part of WHO’s Right to Quality initiative. The initiative is being expanded to 31 different countries all over the world.

The WHO says its Rights to Quality program is helping to improve care for people with mental health conditions and promote human rights for people with disabilities. It focuses on promoting autonomy, choice, community inclusion and recovery for individuals with mental health disorders.

Through this initiative, WHO is supporting countries around the world in the implementation of services, policies and laws that are in line with international standards for human rights.

You can read more about the WHO Quality Right Initiative Here,

Why is there a need for such a course?

All nurses in All Inpatient care settings need to consider mental health as an important and high priority area of ​​their nursing care delivery.

Some of the reasons WHO cites for the need for this program include reports,

This recent article discusses a study from Indiana University that found that about 45% of people who go to the emergency room for medical care also have other substance use and mental health problems, which are seen and is ignored.

Unfortunately, there are other such reports of patients in mental health facilities being abused or neglected by staff and licensed care providers.

While this type of continuing education is obviously important for nurses working in a psychiatric unit or mental health facility, it is equally important for PACU, pediatric, or cardiac nurses. Mental health is a significant part of some patients’ co-morbidities and an important part of nursing care plans.

Dr. Pamela Cipriano, President of the International Council of Nurses, says:

“Training nurses to better support the mental health and well-being of the people they care for can make a huge difference to a person’s quality of life. This is very timely because we know the crisis nurses everywhere have faced during the pandemic. I encourage nurses everywhere to take the time to complete this program for the well-being of their patients and for their own sake.”

how to course

Signing up for this mental health training program is quick, easy and completely free Anyone. You do No Must be a nurse or healthcare provider to enroll and take this course.

You can see an overview of the course, as well as a link to sign up for free Here,

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll be prompted to verify your email address and will receive an email with detailed instructions and informational videos about the course.

This training consists of interactive online modules and provides online help and support to assist you as and when required during the progress of the course.

You are not required to complete the course in one go and you are allowed to log out and resume the course from where you left off.

Nurses who provide patient care in any field can benefit from this type of training. We can make a positive contribution to improving mental health care by completing this course and others, keeping up to date on best quality practice and the care of our patients.

It’s also a reminder that looking after our mental health as caregivers is a priority. We can always use an education when it comes to taking care of ourselves, so we can ultimately do our best while doing the valuable work of providing care to others.

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