As a registered adult and mental health nurse Jerome worked in number of hospital and community health care settings in UK, including as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, where he established a pioneering liaison mental health nursing service for people affected by HIV/AIDS.
At York, Jerome lectures across undergraduate and post-graduate nursing and public health courses in a range of subject areas relating to mental health care and comorbidities
As a nurse and researcher Jerome has led a number of research and community health projects in Africa and South Asia, including winning Oxfam’s Susie Smith Memorial Prize for work with young people with HIV/AIDS in Malawi, and in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan examining opportunities for the integration of mental health care into non-communicable disease programmes.
Jerome’s PhD explored people’s meanings, experiences and responses to psychological distress in rural Malawi, with a particular interest in indigenous and traditional understandings, local expressions and help-seeking. Jerome’s work unpacks notions of ‘global’ mental health through critical and postcolonial perspectives that inform approaches to strengthening local health care responses.
Jerome collaborates with researchers and international NGOs on mental health and well-being initiatives across Africa, the Middle-East, South Asia and South-East Asia.
Jerome's research interests include mental health and well-being, culture and health; particularly in the Global South, biomedicine and its relationship with indigenous knowledge, social interventions and community engagement. Jerome is interested in applying qualitative methods to inform the development of socio-culturally appropriate health interventions.
Zomba Mental Health Link (UK Registered Charity No.1119153) - a mental health project in Southern Malawi, supported by the Tropical Health & Education Trust, providing in-country training and practice development for staff at the state psychiatric hospital and surrounding clinics at Zomba in Malawi, Africa.
World Suicide Day Prevention Symposium, Rawalpindi Medical University, Pakistan, 11th September 2018, “Integrating mental health into the work of non-specialist health workers: the Case for Common Mental Disorders & Suicide Prevention” – J Wright