While there is increasing political interest in research and policy-making for global mental health, there remain major gaps in the education of students in health fields for understanding the complexities of diverse mental health conditions. Drawing on the experience of many well-known experts in this area, this book uses engaging narratives to illustrate that mental illnesses are not only problems experienced by individuals but must also be understood and treated at the social and cultural levels. The book -includes discussion of traditional versus biomedical beliefs about mental illness, the role of culture in mental illness, intersections between religion and mental health, intersections of mind and body, and access to health care; -is ideal for courses on global mental health in psychology, public health, and anthropology departments and other health-related programs.
“At BasicNeeds we run programmes for mentally ill people in 12 low income countries and the challenges we face daily are uncannily similar to those described in this powerful book. We identify people who need support, who struggle for treatment and who in the end contribute productively to their homes and community. None of this would be possible without a deep respect for the diverse cultures we work in and this book perfectly balances these imperatives of working with a community based approach and culture. Deeply sensitive, insightful and practical.”
—Chris Underhill MBE, founder/President, BasicNeed
“This book is truly global in its focus on both high- and low-income countries’ mental health services, thus addressing issues that affect all health systems. The contributions range from psychiatric residents in Boston and peer providers in Chicago to nurses in Liberia and community health workers in Haiti. Through the narratives of patients and health-care providers, the chapters taken together demonstrate a range of barriers to accessing care.”
—From the foreword by Vikram Patel
“This outstanding collection of studies shows the vigor and promise of anthropological approaches for advancing global mental health. The editors have assembled a new generation of scholars who address the social structural origins of mental health problems and novel treatment approaches to improving access to culturally appropriate care. Special attention is given to the dominant strategy of task-shifting as well as to alternative models of care that incorporate indigenous concepts of distress and healing practices. The book is truly global in scope—touching on issues distinctive to urban and rural, wealthy and low income settings.”
—Laurence J. Kirmayer, McGill University
“Global Mental Health is not only for anthropologists but should be read by mental health professionals more generally and mental health policymakers in particular. The field of mental health is in need of a strong anthropological perspective. This would provide a balance of views and a more holistic approach to mental health in both knowledge and intervention.”
—Michael J. Kral, American Journal of Human Biology
Dr. Mendenhall co-hosted the symposium "Global Mental Health: Transdisciplinary Perspectives" at Georgetown University with Dr. Yulia Chentsova from the Psychology Department at Georgetown University. Read the PRESS and LISTEN to the incredible Keynotes and Panels below.
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WELCOMES BY JOHN MONAHAN AND DR. EMILY MENDENHALL
THE MALOY DISTINGUISHED KEYNOTE LECTURE BY DR. VIKRAM PATEL
PANEL 1: CONTEXT AND MENTAL HEALTH : CULTURE, POVERTY, AND RELIGION
PANEL CHAIR: DR. LAURENCE KIRMAYER
PANELISTS: DR. CRICK LUND, DR. THOMAS CSORDAS, DR. JANICE COOPER, AND DR. NUWAN JAYAWICKREME
PANEL 2: HOW DO WE CONCEPTUALIZE MENTAL HEALTH
PANEL CHAIR: DR. JANIS JENKINS
PANELISTS: DR. YULIA CHENTSOVA, DR. BRANDON KOHRT, DR. BAHR WEISS, AND DR. SHIGE OISHI
PANEL 3: HOW DO WE PROVIDE SERVICES FOR MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS?
PANEL CHAIR: DR. VIKRAM PATEL
PANELISTS: CHRIS UNDERHILL, DR. YUEQIN HUANG, DR. JUNKO TANAKA-MATSUMI, AND DR. MARIA ELENA MEDINA-MORA
PANEL 4: DOES ONE SIZE FIT ALL? OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN POLICY AND FINANCE FOR GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH?
PANEL CHAIR: DR. PAMELA COLLINS
PANELISTS: DR. KESHAV DESIRAJU, DR. SHENKHAR SAXENA, DR. MARK JORDANS, AND DR. FLORENCE BAINGANA
CLOSING KEYNOTE REMARKS BY DR. ARTHUR KLEINMAN