mhGAP Intervention Guide (20 mins)

This training, using the "mhGAP Intervention Guide," is largely based on the mhGAP goals and recommendations for the implementation of mental health services in primary care. To familiarize yourself with the rationale for doing so and how the mhGAP Intervention Guide works, please read the Introduction, General Principles of Care, and the Master Chart (pp. 1-8 in the document or pp. 10-21 in the page navigator). In this training, we will mostly focus on alcohol use and substance use disorders, including tobacco use (although it is not covered in the mhGAP). The training will also review when to refer to primary care practitioners with additional training in mental health and substance use disorders. For example, referral would be advised when the patient may be a danger to himself or others or when the patient is severely intoxicated. NextGenU's Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Substance Use Disorder training (a companion to this training) can assist practitioners in addressing those conditions, as well as common co-occurring conditions like depression and psychosis.

Please save this document so that you can access it later in this course, as well as in your practice as a quick reference guide. You are welcome to review the rest of the mhGAP Intervention Guide to familiarize yourself with the World Health Organization's recommendations on addressing the other priority conditions in primary care.