This paper aims to describe the development of a distance learning resource for mental health professionals.
The author gives a brief history of the development of educational video, in particular with reference to mental health. The paper highlights the critical milestones, including the ability to publish video‐rich material on the internet.
The paper describes the development of a successful, innovative web site, Mental Health Television, and the problems encountered along the way. Discussion includes the implications for professional education, and the usefulness in continuing professional development. It also discusses the value of educational videos for patients, relatives and friends.
Many people use the internet as their first and often last stop to inform their opinion. This resource offers professionally produced, video based information in the mental health field. The opportunity to influence on the international stage is significant.
Mental Health Television was the first resource to offer on‐line educational videos in this field. This paper describes the process and the lessons that can more generally be applied and will be of interest to those concerned with mental health education, both in the public sphere and for students and continuing professional education. There are implications for anybody considering distance learning in other medical specialties and all academic disciplines.
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