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Kwame McKenzie – Globalization and Mental Health

“Globalization itself, the idea of everyone connecting isn’t necessarily a bad thing but the way it’s being enacted is causing problems”

Kwame McKenzie, of the Univesity of Toronto shares his thoughts about mental health issues surrounding globalization. In a globalized economy, city centres swell as populations move from rural to urban spaces to better access opportunities, especially in low income countries. In tandem with higher urbanization there is an increased prevalence of depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and poverty, which presents a pressing mental health issue in a time of rapid social change.  Stressing the link of mental well being to economic prosperity, Dr. McKenzie advocates for a public health approach where the causes of mental health problems are addressed directly, as a better alternative to increasing services, which he feels is “a solution” but not “the solution”.

Revisioning Psychiatry

In a talk given in the Department of Human Development at the University of Chicago this past October, Laurence Kirmayer gave a sweeping overview of the state of research in transcultural psychiatry, and proposed viable routes for moving forward. Thanks to the blog Somatosphere, we have a video of his presentation.




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