Careif is an international mental health charity that works towards protecting and promoting mental health and resilience, to eliminate inequalities and strengthen social justice. Our principles include working creatively with humility and dignity, and with balanced partnerships in order to ensure all cultures and societies play their part in our mission of protecting and promoting mental health and wellbeing. We do this by respecting the traditions of all world societies, whilst believing traditions can evolve, for even greater benefit to individuals and society.
Careif is an international mental health charity that works towards protecting and promoting mental health, wellbeing, resilience and resourcefulness with a special focus to eliminate inequalities and strengthen social justice. Our principles include working creatively with humility, dignity and balanced partnerships in order to ensure that all cultures and societies play their part in our mission of protecting and promoting mental health and wellbeing. We do this by respecting the traditions of all world societies, whilst believing that culture and traditions can evolve for even greater benefit to individuals and society.
There is often an intrinsic misunderstanding in Black and South Asian communities regarding the cause of mental illnesses with assumptions that illnesses are the ‘will of god,’ karmic retribution, evil eye or genetic for example. From our Trustee Professor Dinesh Bhugra
Our Trustee Dinesh Bhugra is exploring the portrayal of mental illness in Hindi cinema.
Cultural competency is now a core requirement for mental health professionals working with culturally diverse patient groups. Cultural competency training may improve the quality of mental health care for ethnic groups. Our Trustee Professor Kam Bhui leads this review.
Migrant groups reveal how cultural differences affect mental health. Doctors need to adapt, says our Trustee Professor Dinesh Bhugra.
Governments around the world are uniting in trying to defeat terrorist movements. A balanced and evidence-based approach is necessary.
This paper by our Trustee Prof Kam Bhui, probably a few years ahead of its time, might well go on to be the seminal piece that resets how policies are formulated, psychiatry is practised and evidence informs human behaviour- rather than opinions and myths.
World Psychiatric Association along with CAREIF and the Centre for Psychiatry -a WPA Collaborating Centre – in Queen Mary, University of London, calls for action. WPA CAREIF Position Statement EUROPE Migrant Crisis.
from our Trustee Professor Kam Bhui & Professor Edgar Jones:
Doctors, lawyers and criminal justice agencies need methods to assess vulnerability to violent radicalization. In synergy, public health interventions aim to prevent the emergence of risk behaviours as well as prevent and treat new illness events. This paper describes a new method of assessing vulnerability to violent radicalization, and then investigates the role of previously reported causes, including poor self-reported health, anxiety and depression, adverse life events, poverty, and migration and socio-political factors. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0090718#pone.0090718-Kohut2