Welcome to the personal
psychiatrist, academic and writer
I was a consultant psychiatrist in the British National Health Service for over twenty years until the mid-1990s (took early retirement). Since then, I have been an academic, a lecturer, a writer and an advisor on mental health practice and service provision. I was a member of the Mental Health Act Commission - a government inspectorate with some teeth at the time - until 1995, chairing its National Standing Committee on Race and Culture. I am involved in voluntary organisations (NGOs) providing mental health services in UK for people from minority ethnic & 'racialised' groups such as asylum seekers in the UK and also an NGO in Sri Lanka. Here is a list of my appointments (click to see).
My main occupation now is writing, lecturing, teaching in UK and Canada (click here for publications). I have been involved in capacity building work in Sri Lanka (click here for more..) and in researching issues around mental health provision in Middle- & Low-income countries - click here for a paper written in 2005 and here for another (2009)
I welcome comment on materials (via 'contact us') but please do NOT contact me requesting clinical consulations or medico-legal reports as I do not undertake such work any more.
Master Classes in Mental Health-flyer
Global Mental Health' Movement is very contraversial. if canbe construed as a form ofimperialism associated with finding markets for Big pharma. CLICK HERE to see article in Openmind.
Who am I ?
I used to be at the European Centre for Migration & Social Care (MASC) at University of Kent. Now, my main (honorary) attachment is: Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities at London Metropolitan University. More...
My NEW Book is:
Mental health, worldwide; culture, globalization and development
My first book (1988) now considered a seminal publication has been re-issued as a classic Click here
Research/Capacity Building in Sri Lanka
I was consultant to a program in Sri Lanka between 2007 and 2012 click here to see more......