Global Mental Health with Couples and Families
Name of Concept
Global Mental Health
Global Mental Health (GMH) is an emerging field that focuses on the need for culturally sensitive mental health services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While new initiatives have been established worldwide to understand GMH needs and to provide care in LMICs, family therapists have historically worked with families in high-income countries. Family-based initiatives in GMH often focus on psychoeducation and are often not based on general systems theory. However, emerging trends in family therapy may enable family therapists to impact mental health issues in LMICs. These trends, which are shared interests of both family therapy and GMH, include collaborative care, a growing emphasis on the importance of culture in understanding and treating mental health issues, recognition of the ability of families to support or impede recovery from mental illness, and the use of strength-based and evidence-based treatments.
- Betancourt, T. S., Beardslee, W., Kirk, C., Hann, J., Zombo, M., Mushashi, C., … Bizimana, J. (2014). Working with vulnerable populations. In G. Thornicroft & V. Patel (Eds.), Global mental health trials (pp. 98–122). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
- Chowdhary, N., Rahman, A., Verdeli, H., & Patel, V. (2014). Trials of interventions for people with depression. In G. Thornicroft & V. Patel (Eds.), Global mental health trials (pp. 160–178). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
- Patel, V., Chisholm, D., Dua, T., Laxminarayan, R., & Medina-Mora, M. (Eds.). (2015). Mental neurological and substance use disorders (Disease control priorities, 3rd ed., Vol. 4) Washington, DC: World Bank.Google Scholar
- Patterson, J., Edwards, T. M., & Valiki, S. (in press). Global mental health: A call for increased awareness and action for family therapists. Family Process.Google Scholar
- Prince, M. (2014). Cross-cultural research methods and practice. In V. Patel, H. Mina, A. Cohen, & M. Prince (Eds.), Global mental health (pp. 63–81). New York: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
- Prince, M., Patel, V., Saxena, S., Maj, M., Maselko, J., Phillips, M. R., … Rahman, A. (2007). No health without mental health. The Lancet, 370, 859–877.Google Scholar
- Roberts, J., Abu-Baker, K., Diez Fernandez, C., Garcia, N. C., Fredman, G., Kamya, H., … Vega, R. Z. (2014). Up close: Family therapy challenges and innovations around the world. Family Process, 53(3), 544–576. https://doi.org/10.1111/famp.12093.
- Thornicroft, G. (2006). Shunned: Discrimination against people with mental illness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
- Thornicroft, G., & Patel, V. (2014). Global mental health trials. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar