Julian Eaton, a British psychiatrist, is Co-Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Senior Mental Health Advisor for CBM International. His work involves promoting greater access to health care services, social inclusion, and realisation of rights for people with mental illnesses and psychosocial disabilities, focused mainly on poor and marginalised communities. This means working at different levels, from grass-roots service user organisations and broader civil society to promote participation in processes of policy and legislation development, and engaging with Governments and other service providers to strengthen mental health systems and improve access to care.
He is currently leading on a research project integrating mental health into primary health care in Nigeria. He has published on issues relating to mental health in low income countries, and human rights. He is a member of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health, and contributes in an advisory capacity to many other initiatives including the Movement for Global Mental Health, Mental Health Innovations Network, the Cochrane Collaboration Global Mental Health group, the WHO’s mental health work.
He recently returned from 13 happy years in West Africa, initially in Nigeria, and more recently in Togo.