New Book: Decolonizing Global Mental Health by China Mills

13 February, 2014

China Mills, a research assistant at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at ODID, has published a book entitled "Decolonizing Global Mental Health" with 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.