WP06 - Dissemination

India: Community mental health worker delivering mental health first aid.
India: Community mental health worker delivering mental health first aid. Copyright: PHFI India, VISHRAM project

Objectives

• To formulate a dissemination plan to increase the awareness in diverse stakeholder communities about the aims of the Emerald project and various activities that will be undertaken as part of the project from the outset of the co-ordination action.

• To disseminate key research findings related to all work-packages to a wide range of audiences including ministries of health and finance in study countries; national and international development agencies; NGOs working in mental health; mental health researchers and most importantly mental health service users and service providers.

• To ensure engagement of stakeholders in research process in order to enhance translation of research findings.

• To establish a learning network of researchers within the Emerald project and connect it with other mental health researchers network.

Work package Description

Nepal: Dissemination of publications and information material at the Psychology department of Tribuwan University
Nepal: Dissemination of publications and information material at the Psychology department of Tribuwan University; Copyright: TPO Nepal

A dissemination plan will be prepared during the first 4 months of the project, identifying the most appropriate communication channels and tools for dissemination of key research findings related to all work-packages to a wide range of audiences. A key internal dissemination activity will be to establish a learning network of consortium partners in order to circulate literature for formative research and create a common platform for exchange of research ideas, problems and probable solutions. All potential dissemination target groups representing mental health and public health communities and representatives of relevant scientific institutions, academia and foundations, decision makers, industry, patients’ organisations and media will be identified as part of the external dissemination activities.

During the project duration, dissemination activities will include: the creation of brochures and leaflets in lay language about the project and its main expected results for broad circulation; distribution of dissemination material at relevant national and international conferences within and outside the EU; presentation of results in the form of scientific publications in national and international peer-reviewed journals in the relevant areas; presentations of final and interim results at national and international conferences in the form of papers/poster specifically targeting broader assemblies, for example the World Federation of Mental Health, the People’s Health Movement and the Movement for Global Mental Health’s Summits; contacts with media, including press conferences at relevant project stages creation; publication of information on existing newsletters and other publications related to brain disorders, timely national/international policy briefs, pre-planned, and responding to ‘policy windows’; exploring more innovative forms of communication including social networking sites (e.g. Facebook) and blogs linked to the project website, commemorating global awareness opportunities, such as the annual World Mental Health Day on October 10th, to draw attention to the project findings and developing a database of national, regional and international contacts which will be continuously updated to ensure that all project outputs are distributed appropriately. In addition to this dissemination of the research findings at the grass root community level will be undertaken through local meetings in the project sites, involving diverse stakeholders including peers, research participants and users of mental health services. At the end of the project, the main dissemination objectives will be represented by the circulation of the consensus statement, which will be made available in a downloadable format (pdf) on the project web pages. Dissemination will be performed by all the partners through their networks along with feedback to service users.

Thus the ultimate aim of this work package is to work with all other Work Packages in a cross-cutting way to optimise the opportunities for dissemination of results, knowledge transfer and research uptake.

Nepal: Dissemination of publications and information material at the Psychology department of Tribuwan University
Nepal: Dissemination of publications and information material at the Psychology department of Tribuwan University; Copyright: TPO Nepal