Welcome to the personal website of

Suman Fernando

former psychiatrist, academic and writer

I was a consultant psychiatrist  for over twenty years until the mid-1990s (took early retirement) and for many years chaired the National Standing Committee on Race and Culture at the Mental Health Act Commission. My work  now involves teaching, lecturing, writing and advising on mental health practice and service provision; and still trying hard to devise practical ways of dismantling racism in the MH system. For list of appointments (click to see).

My most recent single-author book (2017), Institutional Racim in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology --- back-stories of real events set against historical / political background ---explores & explains what 'institutional racism' in the mental health system really means, and how it impacts on experience of black and other racialised people caught up in the system. It  indicates best the struggle aganst racism that is still my  passion and interest. If you want to read /own this book (or any other) but find it too expesive to buy, email me with a request -- I can help!    

For a bit more about me click here  and here

I am now mainly a writer and lecturer (click here for publications), but was fairly recently involved in capacity building work in Sri Lanka (click here for more..) and in researching issues around mental health provision in the Global South- click here for a paper written in 2005 and here for another (2009)

I welcome comment on my work (via 'contact us') but please do NOT request clinical consulations or medico-legal reports as I do not undertake such work any more.

Note that Inquiry into 'Schizophrenia' (ISL) (CLICK) is now complete  - CLICK HERE to see Preliminary Findings

 Master Classes in Mental Health, -

A NEW set of Master classes is planned at the London Metropolitan University in Sept - Oct. 2020. They will be FREE but LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES
These will be filmed and appear on my website 
*Please note that I am
not speaking at a public forum in March 2020 at KCL  because the organisers sacked me for 'non-cooperation' when I refused to give them my PPTS before-hand for 'revamping' before I use them. None of the other speakers were treaed in this way!   

Global Mental Health' Movement can be construed as a form of
imperialism associated with finding markets for Big pharma. CLICK HERE to see article in Openmind.
CLICK HERE to see letter when the journal Nature declined to publish

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 Who am I ?

I used to be a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS and then at the European Centre for Migration & Social Care (MASC) at University of Kent. Now, my main (honorary) attachment is: Emeritus Professor in Social Sciences at   London Metropolitan University. More...

A book that addresses 'global mental health  is:

Mental health, worldwide; culture, globalization and development

Click here to see details

Click here for a list of recent publications

I have some chapters in a new book (festchrift) edited by Roy Moodley and Martha Ocampo (of Toronto)

 Critical Psychiatry and Mental Health 2014

click here for details

My first book (1988)  now considered a seminal publication has been re-issued as a classic Click here

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NEW BOOK s    

Institutional racism in psychiatry & Clinical Psychology

Global Psychologies; Mental Health in the Global South

Click here for Sri Lanka.

Cultural Diversity, Mental Health and Psychiatry: The Struggle Against Racism" (2003) (click)

Cultural diversity, mental health and psychiatry: The struggle against racism

Mental Health in a Multi-ethnic Society: A Multi-disciplinary Handbook (2009)

(click to see)
New edition now avaliable

Classic text completely re-written as third edition  2010:

link to Mental Health Race And Culture book on Amazon


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