Mental health and substance abuse

Apply now to the International diploma on mental health, law and human rights

Last date to apply: 20 July 2018

Image of flyer with details about applying to the international diploma on mental health, law and human rights at the International Islamic University Islamabad.Image of flyer with details about applying to the international diploma on mental health, law and human rights at the International Islamic University Islamabad.The International Islamic University in Islamabad has launched a new international diploma on mental health, law and human rights. Candidates with experience in one or more of these areas of work are encouraged to apply: mental health, public health and law professionals with experience in judiciary systems, policy-making and health planning, as well as mental health advocacy, civil society organizations and human rights organizations.

The international diploma on mental health, law and human rights aims to build the capacity of students to advocate for human rights and to influence national legislative, policy and service reform in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other key international human rights standards. It will equip students with a wealth of knowledge, tools and resources so they can play an active role in ensuring that the rights of people with mental health disabilities are better respected, and that these individuals are better protected.

This diploma is web-based and offers 24 courses spread over a one-year period (three semesters), including summer. It is a joint venture between the Department of Psychology and the Department of Sharia and Law at the International Islamic University in Islamabad, with technical support provided by the World Health Organization.

Apply by no later than 20 July 2018 to enhance your skills and knowledge, to better promote and protect the rights of people with mental health disabilities.

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Statistics and figures

In the Eastern Mediterranean Region:

Mental and neurological disorders are responsible for 12% of all disability adjusted life years (DALYs) lost due to disease and injury

Mental health disorders account for 27% of years lived with disability

Drug abuse is responsible for a loss of 4 DALYs per 1000 population

Drug abuse is responsible for 9 deaths per 100 000 population

The overall adult (+15) per capita consumption per year of alcohol is low (0.65L as compared to the global average of 6.13L)