Culture and Mental Health

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Thursday 1 November
Stripe Lecture Room, King Alfred Quarter, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

We are committed to being a university community where all individuals matter, where wellbeing is paramount and pastoral care is of the highest quality. 

This is the inaugural talk as part of our new Mental Health and Wellbeing Series, which will be delivered by Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE.

All human beings are born into a culture. It is culture that influences child-rearing and also moulds our social and cognitive development. Culture includes religion, language, diet, dress etc which all go on to affect development of micro-identities. Gender, gender roles and other factors influence mental health and development of mental illnesses. An individual’s cultural identity is related to the unique cultural framework which differentiates one group from another and works at both individual and group levels. Cultures can precipitate and perpetuate mental illnesses. Cultures also affect how these experiences are seen and where help is sought from.

This lecture will explore explanatory models, the role of culture and understanding of psychiatric disorders. Community and cultural support in various forms can enable quick recovery and help support vulnerable groups.

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