The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives on Global Mental Health

  • Ross G. White
  • Sumeet Jain
  • David M.R. Orr
  • Ursula M. Read

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Ross G. White, David M. R. Orr, Ursula M. Read, Sumeet Jain
    Pages 1-27
  3. Mental Health Across the Globe: Conceptual Perspectives from Social Science and the Humanities

  4. Globalising Mental Health: Challenges and New Visions

  5. Case Studies of Innovative Practice and Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 443-443
    2. Chris Underhill, Shoba Raja, Sebastian Farquhar
      Pages 445-466
    3. Bolanle Ola, Olayinka Atilola
      Pages 509-529
    4. Timothy A. Carey, Dennis R. McDermott
      Pages 565-588
    5. Corinna Stewart, Beate Ebert, Hannah Bockarie
      Pages 657-678
    6. N. S. Prashanth, V. S. Sridharan, Tanya Seshadri, H. Sudarshan, K. V. Kishore Kumar, R. Srinivasa Murthy
      Pages 725-750
    7. Debashis Chatterjee, Sarbani Das Roy
      Pages 751-771
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 789-807

About this book


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.  
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 development health medicine Mental Health psychiatry psychology psychopathology psychopharmacology public health social science

Editors and affiliations

  • Ross G. White
    • 1
  • Sumeet Jain
    • 2
  • David M.R. Orr
    • 3
  • Ursula M. Read
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Psychology, Health and Society University of LiverpoolLiverpoolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of Social Work and Social CareUniversity of SussexBrightonUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.CERMES3ParisFrance

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