Project and Research Reports


Spiritual Psychiatries

The book “Spiritual Psychiatries” is available on Amazon. It follows the author's journey through India and highlights medical, spiritual, and popular beliefs about human existence and consciousness. She presents evidence from discussions with psychiatrists, clairvoyants, patients, and religious healers concerning ordinary and paranormal theories of illness causation.

She explores treatments for mental health, like pharmacology, homoeopathy, herbal medicine, and flower remedies, and then report on religious and spiritual pilgrimages to address mental well being. She discusses western medical biases, existential paradigms, and problems which occur from dominant hierarchies of knowledge.

Finally she considers the extent to which information in the book is transferable and relevant to the well being of UK populations. Her recommendations suggest providers of medicine and healthcare education might incorporate holistic approaches in their curricula, in order to encourage positive global social change.

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Somali Advocacy Research Project Report (2010)

Project funded by Kings Fund, undertaken with Mind in Harrow.

Aims:

a) to evaluate advocacy process with Somali mental health service users, carers and health care professionals
b) to explore whether advocacy resulted in improved communication between Somali service users and mental health professionals
c) to explain Western model of mental health services to users, and Somali user’s cultural context to mental health professionals.

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Bridging Cultures and Dissolving Barriers
Project funded by NHS Harrow in collaboration with Mind in Harrow.

Aims:

a) to undertake a Mental Health Promotion project, in partnership with Harrow’s BME community and faith groups, and with health and social care professionals.
b) to address inequalities in access to mental health services with Harrow’s BME communities; and to raise awareness about cultural and religious understanding of mental health.

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People Like Us Signposting Booklet

Aims:
a) To signpost culturally appropriate mental health treatment for BME populations.
b) To offer a brief summary of migration history of various populations residing in Harrow.
c) To offer inspiration through a selection of religious texts, to help mental well-being. (http://www.peoplelikeus.info/introduction.asp)

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Mental Health Needs Assessment with BME Communities (2008)
Funded by NHS Harrow. Aim: to assess mental health needs of BME groups living in Harrow; and to explore strategies with them to improve mental health and reduce health inequalities.

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Brochure People Like Us Seminars (2009)

Aim: to advertise seminars held in Harrow on culture, religion and mental health.

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RETHINK Harrow (2011)

Brief evaluation report on Harrow Community Choir, to explore recovery and inclusion projects with mental health service users.

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Other Publications

A series of articles written on the topic of culture and expanded perception.

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