Centre’s co-director, Vikram Patel, addresses some critiques of Global Mental Health and elaborates on one of the greatest challenges facing this field

20 November 2012

On the recently launched Transcultural Psychiatry blog, CGMH’s co-director Vikram Patel addresses some critiques of Global Mental Health and elaborates on one of the greatest challenges facing this field.

Addressing the critique that Global Mental Health is a Western export, Centre’s co-director Vikram Patel, asserts: "There is a rich history of mental health care in virtually every society of the world that easily predates biomedical psychiatry". Dr. Patel elaborates on one of the most pressing challenges currently facing global mental health: improving access to care in a culturally appropriate way. How can health service providers bridge local knowledge with biomedical approaches to mental health care and how can services be delivered to people in need in areas where there are limited health care professionals?

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