Critically examines efforts and interventions being made to globalize mental health policies
Draws on multiple disciplines across the humanities, psychology, and social sciences
Explores the challenges in addressing inequalities in mental heath provisions across the world
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Table of contents (36 chapters)
Mental Health Across the Globe: Conceptual Perspectives from Social Science and the Humanities
Globalising Mental Health: Challenges and New Visions
About this book
Over three rich sections, the handbook critically engages with Global Mental Health discourses. To help guide future efforts to support mental health and wellbeing in different parts of the world, the third section of the handbook consists of case studies of innovative mental health policy and practice, which are presented from a variety of different perspectives.
This seminal handbook will appeal to a transnational community of post-graduate students, academics and practitioners, from global health to transcultural psychiatry and medical anthropology. It will be also of interest to researchers and clinical practitioners, policy makers and non-governmental organisations involved in cross-cultural mental health work.
- clinical psychology
- Mental Health
- public health
- social science
“This Handbook provides a unique collection of essays on the current state of play in global mental health and the prospects for new approaches. Rich case studies reveal the tensions and contradictions inherent in efforts to provide technical solutions through strategies like task-shifting for problems that are deeply rooted in political, economic and social inequities. The Handbook will be valuable not only as an essential reference and resource for training but as a spur to critical reflection and innovation for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and all concerned to achieve real equity in our globalizing world.” (Laurence J. Kirmayer,James McGill Professor & Director, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, Canada)
Editors and Affiliations
Institute of Psychology, Health and Society University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Ross G. White
School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom
David M.R. Orr
CERMES3, Paris, France
Ursula M. Read
About the editors
Dr Ross G. White is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool, UK. He has conducted research evaluating the acceptability and efficacy of psychological interventions for psychosis. He was the founding Director of the MSc Global Mental Health programme at the University of Glasgow. He is involved in active research collaborations in Uganda, Rwanda and Sierra Leone that aim to develop community-based forms of support for ameliorating distress.
Dr Sumeet Jain is Lecturer in social work at the University of Edinburgh, UK. His work unpacks the notion of a 'global' mental health and attempts to inform development of services that account for local experiences and understandings of psychological distress. He is particularly interested in community engagement, the development of locally relevant psycho-social interventions and the relationship between poverty, marginality and mental health, in low-income countries.
Ursula Read has a PhD in anthropology from University College London. She has worked in UK mental health services as an occupational therapist and since 2005 has conducted research with people living with severe mental illness in Ghana. She is currently a research fellow at the Centre de Recherche Médecine, Sciences, Santé, Santé Mentale et Société (CERMES3) in Paris, France and an honorary research fellow at Kings College London. Her research explores global innovations in approaches to mental health care, including efforts to promote human rights, and how these are experienced by people with mental illness, care-givers, and health workers.
Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health
Editors: Ross G. White, Sumeet Jain, David M.R. Orr, Ursula M. Read
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan London
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-137-39509-2Published: 13 February 2017
eBook ISBN: 978-1-137-39510-8Published: 20 January 2017
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XXI, 807
Number of Illustrations: 20 b/w illustrations