Unpacking the Concept of Mental Health in Africa

Unpacking the Concept of Mental Health in Africa

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African, postcolonial and other critical theories and thought have come to highlight the coercive, erosive and persistent nature of Western conceptions of mental health. This includes the continuation of biomedical and public health approaches to mental health, which neglect lived experiences, alternative views of health as well as aspects of power, domination and oppression. This video focuses on alternative conceptualisations of mental health in the African context. It includes a history of mental health emanating from and embedded in Africa and current localised approaches to mental health as well as rehabilitation. The video is part of the CSVR Symposium Webinar Series "Blended Voices: Building an Understanding of Torture, War Trauma and Violence through an African Lens," held from October 2020 to March 2021.

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CSVR is a multi-disciplinary institute that seeks to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace at the community, national and regional levels.

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