Strategic universality in the making of global guidelines for mental health

(January 2022)

Mills, C. (2022), Transcultural Psychiatry pp. 136346152110686–136346152110686. doi:10.1177/13634615211068605.


Based on interviews with members of the Guideline Development Group (GDG) of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) Guidelines for Mental, Neurological and Substance Use Disorders, this article adds empirical depth to understanding the contingent and strategic nature of universality in relation to mental health. Differently from debating whether or not mental health is global, the article outlines the people, ideas, and processes involved in making it global. Read more