Mental Health in Asia and the Pacific

Historical and Cultural Perspectives

  • Harry Minas
  • Milton Lewis

Part of the International and Cultural Psychology book series (ICUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Safdar A. Sohail, Akhtar A. Syed, Atif Rahman
    Pages 17-37
  3. Sanjeev Jain, Alok Sarin, Nadja van Ginneken, Pratima Murthy, Christopher Harding, Sudipto Chatterjee
    Pages 39-57
  4. Harry Minas, Jayan Mendis, Teresa Hall
    Pages 59-77
  5. Min Sung-kil, Yeo In-sok
    Pages 79-92
  6. Harry Yi-Jui Wu, Andrew Tai-Ann Cheng
    Pages 107-121
  7. Sotheara Chhim
    Pages 135-144
  8. Harry Minas, Claire Edington, Nhan La, Ritsuko Kakuma
    Pages 145-161
  9. Lourdes Ladrido-Ignacio, Michael Tan, Joffrey Sebastian Quiring
    Pages 163-174
  10. Kah Seng Loh, Ee Heok Kua, Rathi Mahendran
    Pages 193-204
  11. Graham J. Roberts
    Pages 223-235
  12. Graham J. Roberts, Jacqueline Leckie, Odille Chang
    Pages 237-251
  13. Jacqueline Leckie, Frances Hughes
    Pages 253-272
  14. Warwick Brunton, Peter McGeorge
    Pages 273-287
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 315-327

About this book


This far-reaching volume analyzes the social, cultural, political, and economic factors contributing to mental health issues and shaping treatment options in the Asian and Pacific world. Multiple lenses examine complex experiences and needs in this vast region, identifying not only cultural issues at the individual and collective levels, but also the impacts of colonial history, effects of war and disasters, and the current climate of globalization on mental illness and its care. These concerns are located in the larger context of physical health and its determinants, worldwide goals such as reducing global poverty, and the evolving mental health response to meet rising challenges affecting the diverse populations of the region. Chapters focus on countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia plus Oceania and Australia, describing:

·         National history of psychiatry and its acceptance.

·         Present-day mental health practice and services.

·         Mental/physical health impact of recent social change.

·         Disparities in accessibility, service delivery, and quality of care.

·         Collaborations with indigenous and community approaches to healing.

·         Current mental health resources, the state of policy, and areas for intervention.


A welcome addition to the global health literature, Mental Health in Asia and the Pacific brings historical depth and present-day insight to practitioners providing services in this diverse area of the world as well as researchers and policymakers studying the region.


Western psychiatry clinical methods colonisation dealing with mental illness mental illness transnational factors

Editors and affiliations

  • Harry Minas
    • 1
  • Milton Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.Melbourne School of Population HealthThe University of Melbourne Centre for International Mental HealthParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.The Menzies Centre for Health Policy, The Charles Perkins CentreThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-7997-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-7999-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1574-0455
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-7984
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