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Intercultural competence migrant training approved by WHO now available online

27 August 2020

Following the publication earlier this year of the World Health Organization’s toolkit for Migration and Health, we are pleased to share that the toolkit has now also been turned into a MOOC (massive online open course) through the WHO.

The Centre’s Deputy Director for Learning, Dr Felicity Thomas, authored the initial report in close partnership with the Evidence for Health and Well-being in Context (EHC) project team at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. This is a long-standing partnership created through the WHO Collaborating Centre for Culture and Health, which is also located at WCCEH, and of which Dr Thomas is Co-Director.

Overseeing the translation of the work from report to MOOC took longer than planned, but the training is now available online, for free to interested parties. The MOOC offers healthcare practitioners “an accessible introduction to the key concepts underpinning intercultural competence and diversity sensitivity” as well as the opportunity to explore methods, techniques, and actions to put this into practice.

The online course takes roughly two and a half hours, and currently has over 2,000 students enrolled upon it.

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New study identifies problems with mental health self-referral system

20 November 2019

People with anxiety or depression who go to see the GP are often given a leaflet with numbers for psychological services and advised to give them a call. This system of “self-referral” for common mental health problems has been in place for more than 10 years. In sheer numbers terms, it appears to have been a great success. But a new study has identified a problem.

Felicity Thomas spoke to BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme about problems some people, particularly those on low incomes, experience with self-referral.

Listen to the programme here. Felicity’s segment starts at 12:24.


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DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for Mind Media Award

13 November 2019

Congratulations to Centre members Felicity Thomas and Lorraine Hansford!

A series of items about antidepressant use on Radio 4’s PM programme, which featured De-Stress, a collaborative project between the universities of Exeter and Plymouth (funded by Economic and Social Research Council and supported by PenARC), has been shortlisted for an award at the Mind Mental Health awards. Held annually, the awards recognise and celebrate the best possible representations of mental health on television, radio, print and online media.

More information here


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