Venice, Italy

Global Mental Health and Human Rights: Perspectives on Environmental, Gender and Economic Racism

when 22 July 2024 - 26 July 2024
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 550

Mental health and human rights are closely intertwined.
Mental well-being is linked to peace and equity, yet marginalized individuals are often blamed for their struggles. It's time to recognize the political determinants of mental health challenges.
Discover or strengthen your knowledge with our approach to foster a psychology of liberation that will give you theoretical and practical participatory tools that adapt to low and middle-income countries and societies undergoing political turbulence.

Course leader

Scientific Coordinators:
Guido Veronese, University of Milano-Bicocca
Francesco Vacchiano, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Alex L. Pieterse, Boston College
Ashraf Kagee, Stellenbosch University
Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter

Target group

Applications are welcome from PhD students and practitioners working in mental health, international relations, law, gender and race studies, social work, education, psychology, psychiatry, environmental and climate studies, political science, public health, nursing, global health, and mental health. The school is also open to activist individuals and groups, policy and decision-makers, NGOs and CBOs, stakeholders and influencers seeking to strengthen their knowledge and know-how on global mental health, human rights, and allied disciplines.

Course aim

- Analyze and develop contextually appropriate and culturally appropriate theories relevant to areas of the world where research on global mental health and human rights is necessary
- demonstrate a critical reflection on professional knowledge and skills integrating broad subject knowledge and perspectives
- advocate for mental health and social justice as an agenda item in human rights campaign in participants’ institutions and communities.

Credits info

2 EC
A Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.

Fee info

EUR 550: Students of VIU member universities.
EUR 1100: The fees will cover tuition, course materials, lunches in the VIU cafeteria and Social events.
Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Venice, accommodation and local transportation.
VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.


A few scholarships may be available to reduce the