The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health

Editors: White, R., Jain, S., Orr, D.M.R., Read, U. (Eds.)

  • 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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This handbook incisively explores challenges and opportunities that exist in efforts aimed at addressing inequities in mental health provision across the globe. Drawing on various disciplines across the humanities, psychology, and social sciences it charts the emergence of Global Mental Health as a field of study. It critically reflects on efforts and interventions being made to globalize mental health policies, and discusses key themes relevant for understanding and supporting the mental health needs of people living in diverse socio-economical and cultural environments. 
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.  

About the authors

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.

Dr David M.R. Orr is a senior lecturer in social work at the University of Sussex, UK. His particular research interests lie in mental health, education in health and social care, and culturally sensitive care / transcultural psychiatry. His doctoral research focused on the experiences of people suffering from mental illness among the Quechua-speaking peasant communities of Peru. He has also worked in the past on Community Mental Health Teams in the fields of Learning Disability and Older Adult Mental Health, and as Research Fellow in Social Work & Social Care.

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.

Reviews

“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)

Table of contents (36 chapters)

  • Situating Global Mental Health: Sociocultural Perspectives

    White, Ross G. (et al.)

    Pages 1-27

  • Occupying Space: Mental Health Geography and Global Directions

    McGeachan, Cheryl (et al.)

    Pages 31-50

  • Cross-Cultural Psychiatry and Validity in DSM-5

    Thornton, Tim

    Pages 51-69

  • Historical Reflections on Mental Health and Illness: India, Japan, and the West

    Harding, Christopher

    Pages 71-92

  • Reflecting on the Medicalization of Distress

    Miller, Gavin

    Pages 93-108

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health
Editors
  • Ross White
  • Sumeet Jain
  • David M.R. Orr
  • Ursula Read
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39510-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-39510-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39509-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 807
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 b/w illustrations
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