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Transcultural psychiatry and mental health


Dr. Suman Fernando has spent decades dedicated to the cause of anti-racist mental health care. As a consultant psychiatrist in the United Kingdom's National Health Service, he became deeply concerned with the poor treatment of black and ethnic minority patients. What follows is a transcript of the 'In the Therapist's Chair' interview held on the last day of the conference. The interviewer is Charmaine Williams, of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work. In conversation with him, one can see how his gentle yet persistent assertions of the rights of patients, the link between justice and psychiatry, and the capacity of the system to deliver anti-racist mental health care has made him so influential. It is clear that he has a further hope that while services become better equipped to meet the needs of racial and ethnic minority patients, society will also transform to decrease the need that racial and ethnic minorities have for services.