The group for mental health professionals and academics who aim to make a difference in training, organisational change and research.


We want to overcome barriers to addressing equality and culture meaningfully in NHS Trusts and in other public sector providers


We want to inspire teachers in professional trainings to create specialisms on the impact of sociocultural contexts on mental health


We will campaign for the centralisation of local knowledges about mental health in international teaching

      Out in January 2015

     Culture and Madness
     A training resource, film and 
     commentary for mental health

      Begum Maitra & Inga-Britt Krause
      London. Jessica Kingsley.

Adam Phillips (Psychoanalyst & Writer) in the Foreward

 " Everyone in modern multicultural societies is now
working in some capacity with 'cultural others' and
in this larger sense this is a book for anyone and everyone
interested in these questions. It is indeed extraordinary to
have written such a good humoured book about such a
notoriously ill-tempered subject: a book that allows for
complication without trying too hard to be blandly fair."

Some comments on the book 

"There is a real dearth of well written and clinically relevant
literature tackling the subject of culture and mental health 
with such subtlety and depth. This is a must read for all
mental health professionals."
Sami Timimi Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Director,
Medical Education, Lincolnshire Partnership
Foundation NHS Trust, Visiting Professor of 
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Lincoln University

“This book is at the hub of discourses on cultures, families and responses to mental ill health. At the confluence of these discourses, the authors create a wide delta of understanding. In their authoritative interpretations of facts and arguments, they keep a fine balance between information and persuasion. They reveal contexts that are mutable, fluid, intricate and organic in nature, and practices that can generate dignity, far removed from mechanical categorisations. … A vivacious text, for students and clinicians.”      
Ravi KS Kohli, Professor of Child Welfare, University of Bedfordshire

“This is a most remarkable and useful book - most instructive and readable. It offers a complete engagement with its subject matter through reading but also watching and hearing (of the accompanying film). Despite its focus on the current UK realities, its value transcends these boundaries. In the plethora of literature that tends either to trivialise these themes with slogans or obscure them with academic obfuscation, this book stands out with its soundness, participatory learning and clarity. It has all the qualities of becoming a classic.”   
Renos K Papadopoulos, Professor and Director, Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees, University of Essex

“Maitra and Krause get culture as a process. Their volume gives a confident, authoritative, performed, nuanced and inviting account of how culture influences the expression and management of emotional distress, suffering and care through relationships. Readers are greeted by elegant vignettes, Socratic provocations, video materials, and some practical exercises. It is hard to not live the experience and want to share it with others.”          
Kamaldeep Bhui, Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology Queen Mary University of London; President of World Association of Cultural Psychiatry