Welcome to the personal website of

Suman Fernando

psychiatrist, academic and writer

I was a consultant psychiatrist  for over twenty years until the mid-1990s (took early retirement)  and member of the Mental Health Act Commission - a government inspectorate with some teeth at the time, chairing its National Standing Committee on Race and Culture. Since then, I have been an academic, a lecturer, a writer and an advisor on mental health practice and service provision. Here is a list of my appointments (click to see).

I have striven to highlight racism in clinical practice and research; and in 2017 brought together in a book (Institutional Racim in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology) personal stories set against a background of political events in order to explore / explain what 'institutional racism' in the mental health system really means, and how it impacts on experience of black and other racialised people caught up in the system. 

For a bit more about me click here

I am now mainly a writer and lecturer (click here for publications), but have been involved in capacity building work in Sri Lanka (click here for more..) and in researching issues around mental health provision in the Global South- click here for a paper written in 2005 and here for another (2009)

I welcome comment on materials (via 'contact us') but please do NOT contact me requesting clinical consulations or medico-legal reports as I do not undertake such work any more.

Note that Inquiry into 'Schizophrenia' (ISL) (CLICK) is being analysed - CLICK HERE to see Preliminary Findings

 Master Classes in Mental Health-flyer  

Master Class 1 (5 Oct)
Film Link to vimeo; Click here for ppt slides; Click here for list of references
Click here for transcript of talk
Master Class 2 (19 Oct)
Film link to vimeo;  click here for ppt slides; click here for references
Click here for transcript of talk
Master Class 3 (2 Nov)
Film link to vimeo; Click here for slides; Click here for references
Click here for transcript of talk
Master Class 4 (16 Nov)
Film Link to vimeo; Click here for slides;
Master Class 5 (7 Dec postponed from 30 Nov)
Film link to vimeo; Click here for slides; Click here for list of references
Click here for transcript of talk
Master Class 6 (14 Dec)
Film Link to vimeo; Click here for slides;
Global Mental Health' Movement is very contraversial. if canbe construed as a form of imperialism associated with finding markets for Big pharma. CLICK HERE to see article in Openmind.
CLICK HERE to see letter when the journal Nature declined to publish

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 Who am I ?


I used to be at the European Centre for Migration & Social Care (MASC) at University of Kent. Now, my main (honorary) attachment is: Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities at  London Metropolitan University. More...

My NEW Book is:

Mental health, worldwide; culture, globalization and development

Click here to see details

Click here for a list of recent publications

I have some chapters in a new book (festchrift) edited by Roy Moodley and Martha Ocampo (of Toronto)

 Critical Psychiatry and Mental Health 2014

click here for details

My first book (1988)  now considered a seminal publication has been re-issued as a classic Click here

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NEW BOOK s    

Institutional racism in psychiatry & Clinical Psychology

Global Psychologies; Mental Health in the Global South

Click here for Sri Lanka.

Cultural Diversity, Mental Health and Psychiatry: The Struggle Against Racism" (2003) (click)

Cultural diversity, mental health and psychiatry: The struggle against racism

Mental Health in a Multi-ethnic Society: A Multi-disciplinary Handbook (2009)

(click to see)
New edition now avaliable



Classic text completely re-written as third edition  2010:

link to Mental Health Race And Culture book on Amazon

 

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