A conversation with Gamiel Yafai about mental health fatigue

To mark the recent launch of our Mental Health Fatigue course we spoke to its author, diversity consultant Gamiel Yafai who runs Diversity Marketplace about the origins, development and purpose of the course.

“The ideas behind the course go back for several years. I had conversations with people around different aspects of diversity and why the content didn’t lead to transformational change. We hoped there would be more progress.

“We realised that for the course to ‘land’ there needs to be empathy, a connection with the individual that enables the learner to step into the shoes of somebody with mental health or other issues.

“The original content of the Mental Health Fatigue course comes from a VR game that I created for an organisation in Australia, that allows the learner to step into the body of someone different. Due to COVID-19, it would have been difficult to promote a VR course and after discussing the concept with David (CEO Marshall E-Learning) after he had seen the demo which he really liked, he said: ‘Have you thought about this as an e-learning course?’

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