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Are you local?: Responding to the challenge of globalization in mental health 

Are you local?: Responding to the challenge of globalization in mental health
Chapter:
Are you local?: Responding to the challenge of globalization in mental health
Source:
Postpsychiatry: Mental health in a postmodern world
Author(s):

Patrick Bracken

and Philip Thomas

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198526094.003.0016

In Chapter 10, we return full circle to some of the issues that we began with—the contexts, national and international, in which we live and work. This gives us the opportunity to look at some work that we regard as important, for example that of the late Loren Mosher. The latest twist in the context of British policy is the realization that the country cannot go on spending on health at the rate it has been doing for the last 10 years. Politicians and policy makers are realizing that the benefits to be gained by endless spending on technology in health must be questioned. In our view, this debate has to be set against a global context in which gross disparities exist between the resources available to EA and ED countries. This shows that the ideas we developed in the central sections of this book, dealing with the ways in which we would want to be cared for were we to experience madness (promoting the importance of contexts and ethics and the meaningfulness of human relationships and community), help us to begin the task of thinking through these complex issues in ways that are ethical and sustainable.

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