In his 2017 JF lecture, Cultural Identity and Depression, Professor Dinesh Bhugra notes that depression is a universal experience, yet the language used to describe it can differ widely and the meanings and symptoms vary according to individuals, culture and religious inclination. It is followed from those clinical observations that different cultures deal with depression in very different ways. Given these almost infinite variations, he suggests that these days mental health is too important to be left just to the ‘experts’, and that we all need to get involved and offer understanding and support.
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