OPHI Researcher China Mills has written a book on ‘Decolonizing Global Mental Health‘ which has been published by Routledge.
The book argues that it is imperative to explore what counts as evidence within Global Mental Health, and seeks to de-familiarize current ‘Western’ conceptions of psychology and psychiatry using postcolonial theory. Drawing on secondary and primary work, Mills questions the utility of a psychiatric concept that restricts itself to scientific models of distress without an appreciation of the sociopolitical factors that affect mental health.
The book is recommended as ideal reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers in the fields of critical psychology and psychiatry, social and health psychology, cultural studies, public health and social work.
China Mills is a researcher at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the interconnections between Global Mental Health, psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry and colonialism.