Tuberculosis and Mental Health

Various mental health conditions are reported among people suffering from TB. These negatively affect people’s health-related quality of life and may increase the chances of negative treatment outcomes. Mental health conditions have also been reported as the most prevalent impairment and disability following TB treatment. WHO’s End TB strategy calls for integrated people-centered care, which makes it crucial to have effective collaboration with other health-care services, such as those responsible for mental health.

This e-learning course places a special spotlight on the links between TB and mental health conditions and the basic interventions to deliver at the level of primary health care through effective collaboration between the TB and mental health programmes. The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to identify possible mental health conditions in people suffering from TB and the supportive actions you can take in response.

The main focus of this e-course is clinical; programmatic aspects are discussed only when relevant to specific topics.

Language: English
Advanced (Avancé), Tuberculosis

Course information

Overview: This e-learning course was developed by WHO. It is a self-paced online course that follows the content of the WHO operational handbook on tuberculosis. Module 6: Tuberculosis and Comorbidities, 2023. The course will provide knowledge and guidance on how to identify the key mental disorders in people with TB and on the role of TB health workers in ensuring access to mental health support for people affected by TB. TB often affects people who are socially vulnerable and many people with TB experience some distress related to the disease, its treatment and/or TB-related stigma. Prevention, early detection, monitoring and treatment of mental health conditions may be essential to ensure positive TB treatment outcomes and to improve the health-related quality of life of people affected by TB.

Course duration: About 2 hours

Certificate: Participants with an 80% score or more on the final assessment can download a Certificate of Achievement. Participants who receive a Certificate of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this e-course. Click here to learn how.

Course version: This is “Version 1.0” of this online course. At the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to share your feedback in a course evaluation survey. Please take the time to share your experience and opinions. Your feedback will be used to refine and update the course to produce a “Version 2.0”.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this e-learning course, you will be able to:

  • describe the causes and consequences of co-occurring TB and mental health conditions;
  • describe how to identify the symptoms of mental health conditions;
  • describe brief psychological, pharmacological and preventive interventions;
  • recognize special considerations in the management of TB among various subpopulations;
  • explain what pathways and protocols are needed for referrals of people with TB and mental health conditions.

Who is this course for

This e-learning course is intended for health-care workers without specialized training in mental health who are supporting individuals and families affected by TB. It is assumed that you have working experience in TB and an understanding of the national guidelines for the management of TB.

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Certificate Requirements

  • Gain a Record of Achievement by earning at least 80% of the maximum number of points from all graded assignments.
  • Gain an Open Badge by completing the course.