The Atmiyata course: Providing evidence-based mental health support

The course is designed for people who want to provide mental health support using evidence-based techniques. It may be particularly relevant for people with lived experiences, care providers, teachers, educators, mid-level to senior managers, team supervisors, HR professionals, self-motivated individuals, general medical practitioners, mental health professionals, non-profit organisations working on mental health and allied fields such as gender, caste, livelihood, other physical health conditions, and others.

Over three weekends, participants will learn about (i) common mental health conditions (ii) active listening, behavioural activation, problem solving, and relaxation techniques, and (iii) self-care. This will be followed by a group feedback session where participants can share their experience of applying their learnings to real-life situations.  

The curriculum for this course is drawn from Atmiyata, our community-led model to improve access to mental health and social care in rural India.

This intervention was scientifically evaluated, and based on its encouraging results, we aim to adapt and disseminate our learnings to a wider audience to make mental health support accessible to all.

This is an ONLINE course.

Learning Outcomes

The course addresses common mental health conditions, mental health support, and self-care. Over the course duration, participants will

Develop an understanding of:

  1. mental health and mental health conditions
  2. evidence-based techniques for mental health support

Develop an ability for:

  1. self-care and coping with stress
  2. effective communication
  3. critical thinking
Course Structure

The total duration of the course is: 12 hours, divided between 6 days. These are spread over 3 weekends with each session lasting 2 hours. This will be followed by one group check-in session, 2 weeks post course completion.

  • Interactive: The sessions include case studies and role play followed by a feedback session.
  • Individualised: Each intake has a maximum of 15 participants to ensure that they receive adequate support and attention through the learning process.
  • Engaging: Participants are provided with reading material and workbooks to anchor and improve the experience of learning online.

Module 1: Mental health is a spectrum
Module 2: Knowing more about common and severe mental health conditions
Module 3: Knowing more about suicide
Module 4: Qualities of a good mental health supporter
Module 5: Learning evidence-based techniques for providing mental health support
Module 6: Learning relaxation techniques
Module 7: Knowing more about self-care
Module 8: Practice sessions to support a person in distress
Module 9: Knowing more about social determinants of mental health

Application Process & Fee

Announcements for the course will be made on the website and the Centre’s social media, where participants will be asked to submit their application forms. As we have small batch sizes for this course, the team will shortlist the final cohort. If you are selected, please note that payment before the course starts is mandatory.

Entry requirements
Open to all, unless specified in the course announcement.
INR 12,290 + 18% GST