Global Mental Health is a comparatively new area of study and research that is concerned with addressing inequities and inequalities in mental health provision across the globe. In recent years concerted efforts have been made to scale-up mental health services in the Global South. As such, there has been tendency to view people living in the Global South as recipients of mental health related knowledge, rather than providers of knowledge. Critics have referred to the prevailing flow of information from the Global North to the Global South as a form of medical imperialism. To redress the apparent imbalance in knowledge exchange, this webinar reflects on valuable lessons that the Global North can potentially learn from the Global South in terms of supporting mental wellbeing. Specifically the webinar reflects on how a greater willingness to embrace pluralism in the Global South may facilitate people to engage with forms of support that they believe to be appropriate for them. The webinar also explores examples of what are termed counter-flows of knowledge; approaches and innovations originating from the Global South that are influencing mental health related practice in the Global North. Barriers to potential counter-flows are also discussed.
About the presenters:
Dr Ross White
Reader in Clinical Psychology
Institute of Health, Psychology and Health, University of Liverpool
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @RossGWhite
Dr. Ross White is Reader in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool. His research investigates mindfulness-based treatments and acceptance and commitment therapy for people diagnosed with complex mental health problems. He is engaged in scholarly activity that investigates the role that socio-cultural factors play in the manifestation of mental health difficulties, and explores how psychological interventions can be adapted to accommodate cultural beliefs and practices. He is a co-investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project ‘Researching multilingually at the borders of language, the body, law and the state’: http://researching-multilingually-at-borders.com/ and co-editor of The Palgrave Handbook of Sociocultural Perspectives in Global Mental Health: http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137395092. Dr. White is a member of the ‘commit and act’ research team.
School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway
Email: email@example.com; Twitter: @corinna_stewart
Corinna Stewart is a PhD student at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research examines paranoia in the general population from a Contextual Behavioural Science perspective using Relational Frame Theory and the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure. She is also the research team leader for commit and act, an international NGO that works in partnership with local professionals and non-specialized workers in Sierra Leone to provide ongoing training and supervision in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and to alleviate suffering and improve vitality and wellbeing for individuals, families and communities.
In 2016, the research team received an ACBS Research Development Grant to administer and evaluate the ‘DARE to Connect’ program, which supports couples affected by domestic violence in Sierra Leone. Corinna was recently awarded the ACBS Student Spotlight Award for her PhD research and work with commit and act.