Opinion: In the time of COVID-19, we need to invest in a different mental health system

The “illness” model of mental health isn’t working, but the West is exporting it around the globe — with little attention paid to context, local knowledge systems, or cultural norms, according to this op-ed.

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About the author

  • Faraaz Mahomed

    Faraaz Mahomed is a program officer in the Open Society Foundations' public health program, working on mental health and rights. Mahomed’s work addresses global underprioritization of mental health in policy and funding spaces and the need for rights-affirming practices in new initiatives to scale up mental health services.