Harvard grad is fighting for humane mental health treatment

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 21:14 in Psychology & Sociology

This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. When Faraaz Mahomed surveys the global health landscape, one area jumps out at him, an area where stigma and misinformation maintain a grip, where outdated attitudes hold sway, and where coercion is a routine part of treatment: mental health care. Mahomed, graduating this spring from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s doctor of public health program, has spent the last three years focused on how mental health care is provided around the world, particularly in resource-poor settings, and on how that care can be improved through an emphasis on the human rights of those using mental health services. “Traditionally what we’ve seen in the mental health system is there’s a lot of coercion, a lot of involuntary treatment,” Mahomed said. “People’s rights have generally not been very well respected if they’ve had mental health conditions.” Mahomed, a clinical...

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