Local specialized on-line trainings

MARATONE’s specialized on-line training programme is organized around the four research topics upon which MARATONE is based:

  • Training Topic 1:  Mental health epidemiology across the life span
  • Training Topic 2:  Depression and deliberate self-harm
  • Training Topic 3: Mental health and well-being in workplace settings
  • Training Topic 4: Human rights and combating stigma and social exclusion

All four training courses were hosted on http://www.maratonetraining.com/ website.

1. Mental Health epidemiology across the life span

This online course on Mental Health Epidemiology was made up of 14 training units and one face to face summary unit. The training took place between November 2013 and March 2014.

The learning objectives were:
  • To understand what we are talking about when we speak about “mental health”
  • To differentiate between mental health and related concepts such as “mental illness”, “well-being” and “flourishing”
  • To differentiate between, describe and evaluate estimates of the prevalence and incidence of mental disorders worldwide
  • To develop skills to analyse the content of large mental health data sets, such as that of the WHO world mental health survey
  • To recognize the challenges of collecting mental health data at the population level
  • To understand the burden of mental disorders
  • To differentiate approaches for determining the burden of mental disorders
  • To know the difference between a biopsychosocial perspective and a purely bio-medical perspective on mental disorders
  • To analyse what is behind the WHO slogan “no health without mental health”
  • To recognize and differentiate the health strategies of promotion, prevention, and support and analyse their respective challenges in the field of mental health
  • To develop skills for designing and evaluating mental health prevention and promotion programs
  • To develop skills to understand the current scientific literature on mental health

The course is being developed and implemented by:

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Prof. Alarcos Cieza     Dr Carla Sabariego    Dr Maria Cabello     Miss Catherine Mason


2. Human rights and combating stigma and social exclusion

This on-line workshop was a continuation of the training delivered in Nottwil in March 2014.

The objectives included:
  • History of ethical understanding of personal autonomy and dignity and the roles of these concepts in modern society.
  • History and analysis of European national and international human rights law and policy in mental health.
  • Model mental health legislation, in light of human rights principles.
  • Indicators and monitoring mechanisms for mental health practice, both clinical and public health.
  • Comparative legal techniques for analysing impact of national legislation and international treaties on mental health policies and practices.
  • Socio-demographic profiles of stigmatization and discrimination against persons with mental disorders.
  • Analysis of profiles of psychosocial difficulties associated with mental health discrimination.
  • EU anti-discrimination policies and mental health.

The training was developed by:

Jerome Bickenbach
Prof Jerome Bickenbach, SPF


3. Depression and deliberate self-harm

This on-line training took place between November 2014 and January 2015.

The training objectives included:
  1. To gain and deepen your knowledge about depression. A closer look will be taken at epidemiology, diagnostic and therapeutic deficits, symptomatology, types and progress, causes and treatment of depression.
  2. To debate in detail why depression is an underdiagnosed and undertreated disease, to be able to describe the vicious circle of depression and to discuss what might affect the treatment of depression with antidepressants.
  3. Epidemiological Aspects of Suicide and Self-Harm
    1. To gain knowledge about trends and risk factors associated with suicide and self-harm.
    2. To increase understanding of explanatory models of suicide and self-harm.
  4. Prevention of suicide and self-harm: What works and what doesn’t?
    1. To gain knowledge about intervention and prevention programmes to reduce suicide and self-harm.
    2. To increase insight into the evidence base of suicide/self-harm intervention and prevention programmes.

The training was prepared and delivered by:

Dr Christina Rummel-Kluge, UoL, Dr Sandra Dietrich, UoL, Prof Ella Arensman, NSRF


4. Mental health and well-being in workplace settings

The training was delivered between January 2015 and March 2015. At the end of the course fellows attended a face-to-face training in mental health economics where they learnt from the world experts about economic evaluation of workplace mental health programmes.

The objectives of the training included:

  1. The prevalence of work-related stress in the European Union
  2. Differentiation of costs associated with work-related stress
  3. Psychosocial risk factors in workplace settings
  4. The positive and negative dimensions of psychosocial factors at the workplace
  5. Dimensions of human well-being
  6. The concept of work-related stress
  7. Short- and long-term physical and mental consequences of work-related stress and adverse psychosocial risk factors
  8. The salutogenic role of work
  9. Effort-Reward-Imbalance model and Job Demands-Control model
  10. Main objectives of behavioural and environmental/structural prevention
  11. The most important steps in psychosocial risk management and risk assessment
  12. The legal basis of occupational health and safety management in the European Union
  13. The concept of risk assessment
  14. Different methods in the risk assessment process
  15. The current status of psychosocial risk management in EU enterprises
  16. The results of a prominent survey tool in occupational health psychology (ERI questionnaire)
  17. Fields of activity in corporate health management
  18. Objectives of corporate health management
  19. Differentiation between primary, secondary and tertiary prevention
  20. Different components of work ability
  21. Success factors in corporate health management
  22. Role of managers/supervisors in health management
  23. Aims and scope of employee assistance programs
  24. Transfer of knowledge of psychosocial risk factors at work and workplace health promotion to a ‘real-life’ work environment.

The training was prepared and delivered by:

Dr Ulrich Birner, SIEMENS AG, Dr Carla Sabariego, LMU, Ms Anna Schneider, LMU