Welcome to the personal
writer, academic and former psychiatrist
was a consultant
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
A 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. 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!
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.
See Videos Page for talks given and films of interest including MASTER CLASSES on a course on Mental Health, Race and Culture at London Metropolitan University in 2011 (PPTs below)
Class 1: Tradition of Mental Health and illness; what diversity means
Class 2: Critical Psychiatry and Psychology: Transcultural Psychiatry, Cultural Psychiatry, Anti-racist Psychiatry
Class 3: Mental Health around the Globe: Different approaches to developing mental health in communities and individuals
Class 5: Class 5 Movement to reform psychiatry in UK: How to make effective changes
Inquiry into 'Schizophrenia' (ISL) (CLICK) is now complete - CLICK HERE to see Preliminary Findings
CLICK HERE for article on Global Mental Health.
All publications by Suman Fernando and videos belonging to Suman Fernando on this website are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Please note that permision for videos are for screening only for non-commercial purposes not for streaming or downloading.
Who am I ?
I used to be a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS and then at the European Cetnre for Migration & Social Care 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
I have some chapters in a new book (festchrift) edited by Roy Moodley and Martha Ocampo (of Toronto)
Critical Psychiatry and Mental Health 2014
My first book (1988) now considered a seminal publication has been re-issued as a classic Click here
Institutional racism in psychiatry & Clinical Psychology
Global Psychologies; Mental Health in the Global South
Cultural Diversity, Mental Health and Psychiatry: The Struggle Against Racism (2003)
Health in a Multi-ethnic Society: A Multi-disciplinary Handbook
Classic text completely re-written as third edition 2010: