Through the development of capacity, research and consultancy, the Centre provides a key resource for advocacy for the inclusion of mental health on health and development policy agendas, both nationally, regionally in Africa and internationally.  It also advocates actively for the human rights of people living with mental disorders; and provides evidence for cost-effective interventions that can be used for the development and delivery of services.

The evidence-based advocacy engagement efforts of the Centre are targeted at policy makers, persons affected by mental illness (including carers and family members), communities, health workers, faith-based organisations and fellow researchers.

Through the various research projects, the Centre produces and disseminates a range of knowledge products intended to promote the use of its research amongst the respective stakeholder groups. The products include brochures, newsletters, policy briefs, posters, photo essays and film.