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"Questioning 'Global Mental Health': The uses and non-uses of evidence"

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Stefan Ecks (University of Edinburgh)

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Abstract: "No health without mental health" has become a rallying cry for global health policies. In the 1990s, demands for more investment in mental health have been framed by trust in the cross-cultural validity of psychiatric diagnoses, by the introduction of DALY calculations, by estimates of treatment gaps, and by evidence on the efficacy of psychopharmaceuticals. By 2014, initiatives such as Mental Health Gap Action Programme appear to have achieved some success. At the same time, doubts about the main pillars of these initiatives refuse to go away. The lecture retraces the emergence of "Global Mental Health" and asks what evidence is used to bolster campaigns, and what evidence is ignored.

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Biography: Stefan Ecks is co-founder of the Medical Anthropology Programme and a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University. He studied anthropology, sociology, and philosophy and graduated with a PhD from the London School of Economics. He has carried out fieldwork on health and medicine in South Asia since 1999. He serves as Area Editor for Anthropology, Archaeology, Health, and Ethics of Research for the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition) and on the editorial boards of Medical Anthropology and Anthropology & Medicine. Recent publications include a monograph, Eating Drugs: Psychopharmaceutical Pluralism in India (New York, 2013), and a Special Issue of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry on "Anthropological Engagements with Modern Psychotropy" (co-edited with M. Oldani).

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Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free and open to all