ABSTRACT

Critical Psychiatry and Mental Health critically explores the current theory and practice of ethno-psychiatry and multicultural mental health practices and policies. Through an in-depth discussion of the work of Suman Fernando, one of the world’s leading scholars and researchers in race, culture and mental health, an international selection of contributors discuss and debate issues affecting mental health and minority ethnic individuals and groups.

The book offers a new approach to global mental health, arguing that the use of outdated and outmoded ways in which psychiatry is researched and practiced is a thing of the past, that social justice can only be achieved through a more democratic approach to mental health care and emphasising that the inclusion of cultural and traditional healing methods and practices are vital to meeting diverse needs. Split into five parts, the book covers:

Critique of Western Psychiatry and Mental Health

Challenges and Opportunities in Mental Health Care

Training and Development in Mental Health Practice

Transnational Contexts: Engaging the work of Suman Fernando

Personal Reflections on Suman Fernando’s Life and Work

Critical Psychiatry and Mental Health is ideal for researchers and practitioners in health and mental health, psychiatry, counselling and psychotherapy and anyone interested in the intersection of race, culture and mental health.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction

part |2 pages

Part I Critique of Western psychiatry and mental health

chapter 1|9 pages

Transcultural psychiatry and mental health

BySUMAN FERNANDO

chapter 2|11 pages

Racism in psychiatry

BySUMAN FERNANDO

chapter 4|12 pages

Is there an emancipatory psychiatry?

ByJOHN EVERSLEY

part |2 pages

Part II Challenges and opportunities in mental health care

chapter 6|10 pages

Race, culture and mental health care for refugees

ByCHARLES WATTERS

chapter 8|12 pages

Religion, race and mental health: the scientific evidence

ByALISON GRAY, JOHN COX

chapter 9|7 pages

In the therapist’s chair is Suman Fernando

ByCHARMAINE WILLIAMS

part |2 pages

Part III Training and development in mental health practice

part |2 pages

Part IV Transnational contexts: engaging the work of

chapter 15|12 pages

Critical psychiatry in Canada

ByLAURENCE J . KIRMAYER

chapter 16|11 pages

Culture, race and ethnicity in US psychiatry

ByCARL C . BELL AND DOMINICA F . MCBRIDE

chapter 17|11 pages

Race, culture and psychiatry in South Africa

ByNKOKONE TEMA, THOLENE SODI

chapter 18|11 pages

Mental health services in Sri Lanka

ByCHAMINDRA WEERACKODY, SUMAN FERNANDO

chapter 20|10 pages

Culture and mental health in Aotearoa, New Zealand

ByJUDI CLEMENTS, WAYNE BLISSETT