Openmind’ is a journal published by Mind (click to see), the National Association for Mental Health for England and Wales. Suman

Suman was writing regularly in Openmind from 1992 until 2011. Some of his articles (summarized in the panels on the side of this page) are reproduced here with the permission of the editor of Openmind

These articles are meant for the general reader but, being necessarily short, they do not go into issues and topics in much detail. Readers are invited to e-mail Suman with comments (see 'contact us') and contact him if they wish to discuss them in any detail. But in any case many of the topics are pursued at greater length and depth in books, particularly, Mental Health, Race and Culture (second edition, 2002 & third edition 2010), Cultural Diversity, Mental Health and Psychiatry (2003) and Mental Health in a Multi-ethnic Society (2009).

Suman's latest book , a completely re-written third edition of Mental Health, Race and Culture (Basingstoke: Palgrave / Macmillan, 2010) was released in January 2010 and launched in Toronto in June 2010 and the basis for Master Class series 2011 (see home page)

The latest Openmid article is about the 'Global Mental Health' Movement and Big Pharma highilghtig dangers of this movement based in USA more

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    .Whole systems change' or no change (2007) reports on the state of play in Delivering Race Equality More ...Cheering the Deranged discusses mental hospitals in the Islamic Empire of 12th to 14th Centuries. More ... Connecting Inside and Outside (2007) looks at spirituality across cultures. More .....We shall overcome (2008) takes a critical look at the concept of ‘recovery’ . More .....Cultural Competence (2008) examines the meaning and usefulness of the term in training. More ... ....Connections (2008) explores the questions around personal identity and ethnicity. More ....Whose Reality Counts (2009) is a commentary on developing mental health services in the third world. More ....A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing comment on moves to change training to exclude institutional racism. more......Wellbeing for all advocates 'wellbeing' as a concept that supersedes 'mental health'. more....Multicultural counselling suggests fusion between forms of counselling and healing. more..

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Roots of Racism (1992) gives a short account of the racist background to (western) psychiatry.  More...
Promoting Happiness (2002) is an account of a non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka called Nest. More.Across Boundaries (2002) describes a voluntary organisation in Toronto (Canada).
Power and Misconceptions (2004) discusses the issues of ‘mental health’ in the ‘third world’.More....      Spiritual Psychology (2004) reflects on whether spirituality More ..

Just Being There (2004) considers the role of healing centres More....Backing User Choice (2005) points to the advantage of providing a variety of forms of ‘care’ or ‘therapy’. More... One World Spirit (2005), reflects on the lessons about care after the tsunami. More.... Is Stigma Universal? (2005) takes a transcultural view on stigma. More... Blowing in the Wind (2006) questions progress Delivering Race Equality. More...Working with Communities (2006) considers challenges in 'third world'.More...Research – who gains (2006) questions the way research is carried out. More ...




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