OPHI Researcher interviewed by the Movement for Global Mental Health

The Movement for Global Mental Health (MGMH) Newsletter has published a substantive interview with one of the movement’s most prominent critics, OPHI Researcher, China Mills, author of Decolonizing Global Mental Health: The psychiatrization of the majority world.  In an interview with Jagannath Lamichhane, the Principal Coordinator of the MGMH, China Mills fleshes out and shares her ideas and critical voice of dissent regarding the Movement and the future of mental health.

In the interview Mills notes that “If we understand distress, that may well be due to harsh living conditions, as being caused by something inside people’s brains, then we are likely to intervene at the level of the individual, and not at a wider systemic level.” Mills points out that the suggestion that people in some poorer African or Asian countries do not have enough access to treatment “assumes that psychiatry is the only ‘treatment’ for distress, overlooking local and traditional healing practices.”

You can read the full interview here.