Refusal of OBE (click to see report in psychminded)
In 2007, I refused to accept nomination for an OBE ('Officer of the British Empire' bestowed by the Queen). Apart from my unease at having 'British Empire' behind my name, especially at the time when imperialism had been revived by British-American invasionof Iraq, my refusal was a protest at changes in mental health legislation. The letters I wrote are in the public domain - to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown (click name to see).
Award at Toronto: I was delighted to accept a Life-time Achievement Award for Culture, Race and Mental Health from University of Toronto and OISE (Ontario Institute for the Study of Education), presented to me at Toronto on 7 June 2011 during a conference where I gave the keynote address on the second day (click to see ppt - select 'notes page' on ppt view). Note that Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the western world and the major professional organisations in Toronto recogise this (unlike the case always in UK) .
Over-diagnosis of ‘schizophrenia’ among African Caribbean people
2009: An article
in Society Guardian
(click to see)
‘social engineering’ was being contemplated to change family life of black
families in order to prevent 'schizophrenia’ among African Caribbean people in
'Global Mental Health' Movement has roused protests.
'Global Mental Health' Movement has roused protests.Many third world countries need better mental health services but they must be home-grown - not imposition of western bio-medical psychiatry. This movement seems a form of imperialism and finding markets for Big pharma. CLICK HERE TO SEE ARTICLE
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Look at the news main section about ''schizophrenia" in black people. NOW THEY SAY IT'S NOT IN THEIR GENES BUT IN THEIR CULTURE!!
This harks back to the discredited Moyniham Report (1965) in USA when black people were deemed abnormal because of their 'culture' and family life - 'A tangle of pathology' is how Moynihan described the black American family, comparing it to the norm of white families. ARE WE GOING BACK TO THAT? And soon DSM may 'diagnose' children as suffering from 'psychosis-risk syndrome.