Postgraduate taught 

Global Mental Health MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Guest speakers and events

Guest speakers and events

Global Perspectives on Mental Well-being
Knowledge Exchange/Summer School

15th - 19th June 2015
University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nyarugenge campus, Kigali
Regional attendees from the Great Lakes Region $100 (US)
International attendees $650 (US)

We warmly invite you to join us in Kigali at the 'Global Perspectives on Mental Well-being' knowledge exchange event/summer school which will explore ways of promoting reciprocal learning about mental well-being between the Global North and the Global South.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Current debates in Global Mental Health
  • Socio-cultural determinants of mental well-being
  • Mental health promotion and community development strategies
  • Involving and empowering experts by experience
  • Promoting human rights and social inclusion

The event has been jointly organised by the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda and the Institute of Health and Well-being University of Glasgow.

Dr Ross White, Director of Global Mental Health MSc Programme, Institute of Health and Well-being, University of Glasgow:
Dr Stefan Jansen, Lecturer, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Rwanda:

A full programme for the event will be available shortly at the following webpage:


Past Events

Reaching beyond the technical paradigm of mental health care
Lecture by Dr. Pat Bracken

Wednesday, 29th January 2014
Senate Room, Main Building, University of Glasgow
9.30 – 11.30 am (No Cost) 

This talk will focus on how the current technical paradigm in mental health services underscores attempts to transfer interventions from Europe and North America to countries in the ‘developing world’ and will critique this paradigm on philosophical, empirical and sociological grounds

About the Speaker:

Dr. Pat Bracken is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of Mental Health Services in West Cork, Ireland. He trained in psychiatry and philosophy in Cork and in Birmingham. His interests include collaborating with user/survivors, developing critical thinking in psychiatry and working with asylum seekers and refugees.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Please register for this event online by the Monday 27th of January 2014 at the following web-link:
For any further questions, please contact Dr Ross White ( 


Psycholsocial Interventions in Sierra Leone
Lecture by Dr. Beate Ebert

Monday 26 August 2013
Gannochy Seminar Room
Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow
2pm - 4pm ( No Cost)

Sierra Leone, a country in west Africa, endured a bloody civil war between 1991 and 2002. It is estimated that 40-50,000 people were killed and 500,000 civilians fled the country (Dufka, 1999). 

In particular, women and children suffered high levels of trauma during the civil war. Approximately 50,000 to 64,000 internally displaced women in Sierra Leone have histories of war-related assault, while 50% of those who came into contact with the Revolutionary United Front reported sexual violence (Physicians for Human Rights, 2002). It is estimated
that between 7,000 and 10,000 child soldiers may have been part of the fighting forces in Sierra Leone (Government of Sierra Leone, 2005).

Dr. Beate Ebert, a Clinical Psychologist working in Germany, became aware of the high levels of trauma experienced by the Leonian population through a family
friend. Motivated to do what she could to help support victims of trauma in the country, she created the commit and act foundation to help train psychosocial
therapists in Sierra Leone.

Over the last 3 years representatives of commit and act have travelled to cities across Sierra Leone to provide workshops on psychosocial intervention to social workers working with Non-governmental Organizations. The intention has been to teach skills and support the creation of a supervision network for therapists in Sierra Leone. Over 180 NGO staff have attended the workshops that have been

This presentation provided by Dr. Beate Ebert and Dr. Ross White will reflect on the opportunities and challenges associated with scaling up psychosocial interventions in low and middle income settings’.

What exactly is 'mental health' and how globalisable is it?
Lecture by Dr. Derek Summerfield

Global Mental Health has developed as an area of study that is concerned with addressing inequities and inequalities in mental health service provision across the world. This lecture will take a critical perspective on Global Mental Health research, and will explore potential risks associated with globalising notions of 'mental illness'.

About the Speaker:

Dr Derek Summerfield is a Consultant Psychiatrist and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Egyptian Psychiatric Association. During his working career, he has been Principal Psychiatrist with the Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture, London; Research/Teaching Associate for the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford; and consultant to Oxfam on projects in war-affected settings. Derek has been involved with various studies on the effects of war and atrocity, and of displacement and asylum-seeking, in Nicaragua, Zimbabwe, Gaza and the UK. He has published around 150 papers and has made other contributions in medical and social sciences literature.

MSc Global Mental Health Launch Event

Global Mental Health is the area of study, research and practice that places a priority on improving mental health and achieving equity in mental health for all people worldwide.

It is estimated that four out of five people in low and middle-income countries who need services for mental, neurological and/or substance use disorders do not receive them (MH-Gap, 2008).

To celebrate the launch of the new MSc Global Mental Health programme at the University of Glasgow, the Institute of Health and Well-being cordially invites you to a knowledge exchange event on:

Monday 26th March 2012
Gannochy Seminar Room, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow
9.30 – 5pm

Guest Speakers will include:

Dr. Chhim Sotheara, Executive Director of Trans-cultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO)
Presenting on mental health and psychosocial interventions in Cambodia

Chhatra Amatya
Chhahari Nepal for Mental Health

Dr. Anne Douglas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Compass
Presenting on the mental health needs of asylum seeking and refugee populations in Glasgow

Dr Jim Crabb, Consultant Psychiatrist, NHS Forth Valley
Presenting on his mental health work in Ghana and Malawi