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Web-based mental health education and training resources

This page provides high quality, freely accessible online resources, with a focus on common mental health problems, aimed primarily (but not exclusively) at family doctors.

The resources are listed by country of origin but are widely applicable. Some of the items on this list have been collated by members of the Wonca Working Party for Mental Health (WWPMH). Visit the WPMH website for more information. Other links have been recommended by Pinnacle MHN medical director Dr Jo Scott Jones.


Black Dog Institute

There are currently 17 webinars  and a 6 module online learning program all focussed on Australian evidence-based eMH programs and resources and how to use them in clinical practice. Many of these resources are available to international users and one, MoodGYM, has been translated into a number of languages including Chinese. GPs from outside Australia who complete the eMHPrac modules or listen to a webinar would hear about online programs and resources they could use outside Australia. 

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

Use the RACGP 'find a course' option and refine your search using the keyword "mental health" to find relevant mental health courses. Click here for more information.

New Zealand

Beating the blues®

Beating the Blues® is an online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) treatment programme for depression and/or anxiety in primary care. It brings all the benefits of CBT directly to your patients by the use of computer and multi-media technology. This online CBT is sometimes also known as computerised CBT. Beating the blues® is accessed via ManageMyHealth™.

The Health Promotion Agency (HPA) in partnership with Mobile Health and the Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHĀNZ) have produced a training video for health professionals to raise awareness about the information, self-help tools, and resources available on It also provides information on how health professionals can use the website to support patients who present to them with signs of depression and/or anxiety.

The video is narrated by Dr Buzz Burrell, a rural GP based just outside of Blenheim, and is available free for use as a training tool for health professionals. It's only five minutes long and can be incorporated into existing training programmes, symposia, and conferences. 

Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind

Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind contains audio files with exercises and information you can download, as well as links to relevant websites that provide additional information and resources. It is an appropriate online learning resource for GPs, and is also a useful resource for health professionals under stress. Click here for more information.


LifeKeepers is a new, national suicide prevention training programme, created for New Zealand communities. You can think of it like first aid training, giving people the skills to recognise and support those at risk of suicide. It is available, nationwide and free of charge, to New Zealanders who are 18 years and over, and who are likely to interact with people at risk of suicide. Click here for more information.

Te Pou

Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui has developed a suite of tools to support mental health and addiction services to increase access to evidence-based talking therapies. These tools aim to support best practice and are part of the 'let's get talking' toolkit available on the Te Pou website. Click here for more information.

United Kingdom

10 minute CBT

10 Minute Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) has been developed with the busy GP in mind. Its aim is to improve GPs' confidence and skills in managing emotional disorders within existing consultation time. The website offers practical workshops and online training. Click here for more information.

RCGP mental health toolkit

The RCGP mental health toolkit provides resources for healthcare professionals to reference regarding the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. The toolkit provides trigger questions, diagnostic tools, and current guidance for healthcare professionals supporting those with mental illness. It also provides resources for those concerned about their own mental health issues. Click here for more information.


The School of Life

Philosopher and author Alain du Boutain has developed a website devoted to developing emotional intelligence. You can find short courses and lots of other online resources, including a fantastic YouTube channel that addresses how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand the world. Click here for more information. 

WHO/Pan American Health Organisation

Mental Health Global Action Program 2017 virtual course

This course is based on the mhGAP integration guide version 2.0, which presents recommendations for the integrated management of priority conditions using protocols for clinical decision-making. Please note this is an annual course with specified dates that it runs. Click here for more information.

WONCA Working Party for Mental Health

Guidance and training on physical health care for patients with severe mental illness

WWPMH recently produced guidance and training on physical health care for patients with severe mental illness. They first provide an overview of general principles, followed by fact sheets on diabetes, smoking and respiratory disease, alcohol and substance misuse, and cardiovascular disease. They also provide a set of powerpoint slides, covering each of these four clinical areas. Click here for more information. 


  • Best Science Medicine - The Best Science (BS) Medicine Podcast is a weekly presentation where practitioners can get evidence-based drug therapy content that is practical, entertaining and promotes healthy scepticism. It is evidence based practice for clinicians, presented with humour. Click here to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes
  • Goodfellow clinics - Goodfellow Clinics are a series of podcasts featuring topical and relevant information for health professionals, including but not limited to mental health. Click here for more information.
  • Health Report - Specialist and mainstream audiences alike rely on the Health Report podcast to bring clarity to health and medical issues from social, scientific and political points of view. Podcasts include but are not limited to mental health topics. Click here for more information.

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