Society at large, particularly in the developing countries has been undergoing rapid socio-economic changes. There are newer risk factors for mental disorders playing a crucial role in pathogenesis e.g. economic transition and social inequalities. Students suicide and farmers’s have been of particular concern.Newer challenges need befitting responses, which are seldom sufficiently available in any society. Most conspicuous barrier to identify and treat mental disorders is human resources, which is not only dismal but also unequally distributed amongst different geographical and social strata of society. Globalization has changed the agenda for mental health. It’s now demonstrated that people immigrate, they share common problems, and their response to social challenges are similar. Lack of manpower is one of the main barrier for treatment of mental disorders besides stigma and lack of awareness In most of the places either mental health professional are not available or available professionals lack the skills to identify and manage suicidal patients. We believe that innovative educational initiatives e.g. an internet based course, for training program can address (1) the existing gap in health care professional’s knowledge and competencies and increase their professional suicide assessment and intervention skills and (2) can encourage identification and intervention and (3) create opportunities for prevention of mental disorders .We also believe that such facilities can be economical, easily accessible and can be monitored using electronic media at any distance. Such training can utilize local, pre-exiting manpower so that consistent and sustainable services can be developed. In this symposium we will discuss outcome of global and local initiatives exploring education as a medium for enhancing capacity and human resource.
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