About this Project

Understanding the role of culture in how mental health/illness are conceptualized and experienced (beliefs about the world and one’s place in it; socialized/habituated modes of feeling/behaving [Kirmayer 2006]) is indispensable to two contemporary priorities in mental healthcare:

1. Setting informed, realistic, humane ambitions for the global mental health movement [Campbell/Burgess 2012].Developing/exercising ‘cultural competence’ in individual care in diverse societies [Rashed 2010].

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