Successful Conference held on September 4th 2020

A very successful conference was held on September 4th 2020 on the topic of Forced Migration: Psychosocial theory and practice: What is the evidence? It was hosted by the School of Psychology at the University of East London in collaboration with Careif. Given the global pandemic, it was moved to a virtual conference with speakers and attendees from a wide number of countries and speakers. A range of constituencies were represented including forced migrants, community groups, national and international organisations, scholars, practitioners and humanitarian workers. A Special edition of a journal based on the conference is in preparation.

Dr Valsraj

Dr Valsraj is a Consultant Psychiatrist based in London; he has held various senior medical leadership roles both in United Kingdom and India. He has varied experience in systems leadership, interdisciplinary working and has established international collaborations to promote best practice, faculty exchange, sharing knowledge across disciplines and international borders.

Dr Valsraj is passionate about raising awareness of health and wellbeing and improving the public understanding of health promotion and prevention strategies. He is particularly interested in having open thought provoking dialogues about some of the accepted and engrained practices in healthcare for paradigm shift in thinking about health and the concepts of healthcare.

Dr Valsraj has a keen interest to raise the profile of Mental Health, he does this by engaging the creative young minds of medical students, postgraduate trainees, psychologists, nurses, allied health professionals, school and college students to raise awareness of mental health.

Dr Valsraj has varied interests and these include quality, standards, safety, patient and carer experience, geopolitical determinants of health and leadership in healthcare. He is also an empanelled Certified External Assessor for the National Quality Assurance
Standards (NQAS) for National Health Systems Resource Centre (NHSRC); Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Govt. of India.

He is pleased to be joining the team of trustees at Careif and looking forward to contributing positively to the vision of Careif.

Recent events and developments

We were very sorry to report the death on of our trustees Professor Bhaumik who sadly passed away in November 2019

Careif Golf Day is being organised and a date will be confirmed, to be held at PGA Bowood Golf and Country Club, please email to show interest.

A Special edition of the World Cultural Psychiatry Research Review journal (the Journal of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry) was published in January 2020 featuring 5 of the Careif position statements, it also featured a tribute to the work of one of Careif’s co-founders -Dr Albert Persaud, who has retired from Careif.

The Saddleback Music Festival is taking a year off but an indoor gig is being organised and further information will be confirmed when dates are sorted.

A meeting between the Chartered Institute of Building and the Careif team is scheduled for February 2020 to develop resources on mental health and well-being in the construction industry.

Plans are being developed for a mental health resource.

A meeting has been held between Careif and the European Test Publishers Group about future work together.

A conference on International Collaboration on Cultural Relevance in Global Health: A Call to Action Culturally adapted Interventions (I-CAN) is being planned.

Also Jo Reed has kindly offered to run the London Marathon for Careif, please sponsor Jo by pressing the link to her webpage, all proceeds to go to Careif.

Visit Jo’s Just Giving Page

The Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM QSO KStJ

Sir Anand Satyanand became a Patron of careif in 2006. He is a New Zealander whose family origins lie in India and Fiji. He is currently Chairman of the Commonwealth Foundation, the people’s organisation counterpart to the Commonwealth Secretariat. The Foundation’s remit is to advance the wishes and needs of civil society. It does in support of cultural items such as the Commonwealth Lecture and Commonwealth Short Story competition as well as underpinning People’s Forums in advance of Commonwealth Ministers’ meetings such as CHOGM. In professional roles before the present, Sir Anand practised law, worked as a judge, and then undertook two terms as a parliamentary ombudsman. He served as New Zealand’s Governor-General from 2006 until 2011. In between he has maintained a long term adjectival interest in mental health having chaired a Confidential Forum for Former In-Patients of Psychiatric Hospitals in New Zealand and in presently chairing a trust which delivers mental health services.

The Right Honourable Lord Adebowale CBE

Lord Victor Olufemi Adebowale (Baron Adebowale) CBE, became a Patron of Careif in 2006. He is Chief Executive of Turning Point, the health and social care not for profit business providing services to individuals with a learning disability, mental health and substance misuse difficulties. He is a Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln. In 2000, Victor was awarded the CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed and homeless young people. In 2001 he was appointed a cross-bench member of the House of Lords.

Dr Tony Gardner

Dr Tony Gardner became a Patron of Careif in 2006. Tony is an English actor and doctor. He trained with Professor Kamaldeep Bhui (Careif’s Co-Founder) qualified as a doctor at Guy’s Hospital in 1987, then as a General Practitioner in 1993. He combined medicine and comedy during the 1990s as half of the award-winning comedy duo Struck or Die, with Dr Phil Hammond. He eventually left medicine to become an actor and is best known for his role in My Parents are Aliens, (episodes of which he also wrote) and Michael, the café owner in Jack Dee’s BBC sitcom Lead Balloon. In 2009-10 he starred in three plays directed by Sir Peter Hall. In 2011 he played Professor Tony Shales in Channel 4 series Fresh Meat, also played Lieutenant Colonel Phillip Smith in Bluestone 42, after appearing as Dan Miller MP in the BBC political comedy The Thick of It.

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE

Professor Bhugra became a Trustee of Careif in 2006. He is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is also an Honorary Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, where he runs the sexual and couple therapy clinic.

His research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He has authored/co-authored over 350 scientific papers, chapters and 30 books. His recent volumes include Principles of Social Psychiatry, Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Highly Commended in the 2011 BMA Awards), Migration and Mental Health, Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry (Commended in the BMA Book Awards in 2008 and recipient of the 2012 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture), Culture and Mental Health and Management for Psychiatrists.

He published Mad Tales from Bollywood: Portrayal of Madness in Conventional Hindi Cinema in 2006. Professor Bhugra is the Editor of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has also developed teaching modules and short courses for medical students and psychiatric trainees on Cultural Psychiatry and on Cinema and Psychiatry. Professor Bhugra, from 2008 to 2011 he was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In July 2011 he became Chair of the Mental Health Foundation. In 2011 Professor Bhugra was elected President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association and becomes President in September 2014. He is the first British person (Psychiatrist) to be President of the World Psychiatric Association. In early 2012 he was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen.

Professor Rachel Tribe – Careif Trustee

Professor Tribe is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. In 2014 she received the British Psychological Society Award for Challenging Social Inequalities in Psychology. Her applied work includes numerous national and international consultancy projects and training for a range of organizations including the Department of Health, Department for Education, the Home Office, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Psychological Society and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Tribe, said of her trustee role: “I have been lucky enough to work with the trustees and volunteers at Careif for several years and I am delighted and honoured to be joining the trustees of such an important charity. Careif is undertaking ground breaking work within mental health.”