B O O K S B Y A S I A N A M E R I C A N S
W I T H M E N T A L I L L N E S S
Recovered Grace: Schizophrenia, by Harris Ng - a true, unusual and inspiring story about a Singaporean-Chinese man's journey through 16 years of dealing with his mental illness. This book is a moving account of one man's struggle against schizophrenia. Singaporean teacher Harris Ng was first diagnosed with this chronic illness as a young man studying in Canada. For 16 years, he battled this dreaded condition, and with the help and support from friends, family and his Christian faith, he eventually succeeded. The author is now a volunteer at a care centre and he is active in working towards destigmatising mental illness. He has written this book to show that with a dose of awareness, proper medical treatment, and a good support network, it is possible for sufferers to resume a normal life.Available for purchase: www.selectbooks.com.sg Published in Singapore by Harris Ng Yoke Meng. email: firstname.lastname@example.org ISBN: 981-05-3014-5
The Dream Eaters by James Sato. In 1993, James Sato had a bright future: he had graduated from college and was working at a standardized testing center, marking exams. Months later, screaming voices tormented his mind. He had entered the terrifying world of paranoid schizophrenia. He was Eventually hospitalized and confined in a seclusion room. But against all odds, he survived and flourished. Now in this intimate portrait, he explains the way he did it, taking us into his splintered world, a world between two cultures— East and West. Compelling, frightening, and ultimately inspiring, The Dream Eater is an amazing testimony to the human spirit, underscoring the definition of what survival truly means...
R A D I O D O C U M E N T A R I E S
Voices of Experience: Cambodian Trauma in America produced by Lichtenstein Creative Media
More than 20 years after fleeing the brutal Khmer Rouge regime, many Cambodian refugees are still trapped in the psychological grip of their past. This one-hour documentary special examines the mental health of Cambodian refugees living in America, and the impact of trauma on the hundreds of thousands of other refugees pouring into the United States. Journalist Karen Brown spent a year researching and reporting the story, and worked with The Infinite Mind's executive producer, June Peoples, to produce and write the special report. The documentary also features Dr. Richard Mollica, a psychiatrist and co-director of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, John Salzburg of the Center for Victims of Torture, the extraordinary accounts of people who were terrorized by the Khmer Rouge two decades ago and still live with the trauma, and a follow-up discussion with Dr. Patricia Shannon of the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis, which has helped refugees from more than 60 countries rebuild their lives.
In Any Language: Mental Health Care for Immigrants by Lichtenstein Creative Media
In this hour, we explore Mental Health Care for Immigrants, with host Dr. Peter Kramer. Guests include Dr. Arthur Kleinman, professor of medical anthropology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and one of the world's leading experts in medical anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry; Dr. Jane Delgado, a clinical psychologist and the president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health; Dr. Mohamed Farrag, a psychologist and the clinical director of ACCESS: the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Dearborn, Michigan; and Dr. Yinka Akinsulure-Smith, a psychologist from Sierra Leone who works at the Bellevue /NYU Program for Survivors of Torture.
CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING VIDEOS
Culture of Emotions produced and directed by Harriet Koskoff
Culture and ethnicity play multidimensional roles in the ways we experience and understand our own psychological states and those of others. The Culture of Emotions is a cultural competence and diversity training program exploring the variety of ways the diverse cultures of America understand mind and body . and the disorders to which mind and body are subject. It is designed to introduce cultural competence and diversity skills to all clinicians and students who work with clients with mental health issues in academic, community mental health, or managed care settings. Clinicians and researchers from a variety of cultural backgrounds contribute their personal and professional perspectives.
Shame and Silence - produced by the New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health (www.asianmentalhealth.org) 2-hr video - The DVD consists of fivesimulated interviews between clinicians and actors who playthe roles of simulated patients. The cases include: 1) a SouthAsian-American woman with bipolar disorder, 2) aVietnamese-American man with somatic presentation ofdepression and PTSD, 4) the parents of a Pilipino-Americanchild with ADHD, and 5) a Korean-American woman withMajor Depression and substance abuse.
Worlds Apart: A Four-Part Series on Cross-Cultural Healthcare Fanlight Distributors Worlds Apart is a set of four documentary videos designed to stimulate thought and discussion about the effects of culture on communication and medical decision-making. Each video encapsulates the story of a real patient and his or her interactions with physicians and family.The four videos are: (1) Kochi Story--an Afghan man, diagnosed with stomach cancer, decides about chemotherapy amidst miscommunication due to translation issues and religious convictions; (2) Chitsena Story--the mother of a four-year-old girl from Laos is caught between physicians who tell her that her daughter needs surgery to correct an atrial septal defect, and her mother who upholds the traditional Khmu beliefs that scars, including surgical scars, are injurious to a person in future lives; (3) Phillips Story--an African-American man on dialysis discusses the prejudices against black people in the health care system, particularly the decreased chances for receiving a renal transplant; (4) Mercado Story--a 60-year-old Puerto Rican woman who lives in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, explains the complex social situation which affects her ability to take care of her chronic health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension.
Cultural Competency Training Websites
A Physicians Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care cccm.thinkculturalhealth.org/GUIs/GUI_AboutthisSite.asp is a self-directed training course for physicians and other health care professionals with a specific interest in cultural competency in the provision of care. With growing concerns about racial and ethnic disparities in health and about the need for health care systems to accommodate increasingly diverse patient populations, cultural competence has become more and more a matter of national concern. To train physicians to care for diverse populations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) has commissioned the Cultural Competency Curriculum Modules (CCCMs). These modules, encompassed in A Physicians Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care, will equip physicians and other health care professionals with competencies that will enable them to better treat the increasingly diverse U.S. population. This site, offering continuing education credits, contains a variety of self assessments, case studies, video vignettes, learning points, pre and posttests, as well as the opportunity to submit your feedback and see what other participants think about the cases and content.
Quality Interactions (www.qualityinteractions.com) Quality Interactions is an e-learning program that provides case-based instruction on cross-cultural health care. This interactive program focuses on common clinical and/or cross-cultural scenarios that build a framework of knowledge and skills for delivering quality care to diverse patient populations.