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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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Ross G. White, Padmavati Ramachandran, Shuba Kumar
      Pages 257-283
    3. Hanna Kienzler, Peter Locke
      Pages 285-305
    4. David M. R. Orr, Serena Bindi
      Pages 307-328
    5. Jill Stavert
      Pages 329-349
    6. Baffour Boaten Boahen-Boaten, Ross G. White, Rory. C. O’Connor
      Pages 351-382

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

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.

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.

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“The Palgrave Handbook offers a good introduction to the most pressing areas of critiques and controversy in the field … . For scholars, practitioners, and policy makers, however, who are already working within the area of GMH, the Palgrave Handbook’s range of perspectives and the quality of analysis of many of its essays make it a welcomed contribution to the literature in this engaging and important field.” (Randall Horton, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 62 (31), August, 2017)