World Social Psychiatry

REVIEW ARTICLE
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 8--21

“A person is a person through other persons”: A social psychiatry manifesto for the 21st century


Vincenzo Di Nicola 
 Department of Psychiatry, Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal (IUSMM); Department of Psychiatry, Université de Montréal; Montreal, Canada; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA; President, Canadian Association of Social Psychiatry

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Vincenzo Di Nicola
Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Montréal, 7401, Rue Hochelaga, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

A critical issue for our field is how to define contemporary social psychiatry for our times. In this article, I address this definitional task by breaking it down into three major questions for social psychiatry and conclude with a call for action, a manifesto for the 21st century social psychiatry: (1) What is social about psychiatry? I address definitional problems that arise, such as binary thinking, and the need for a common language. (2) What are the theory and practice of social psychiatry? Issues include social psychiatry's core principles, values, and operational criteria; the social determinants of health and the Global Mental Health (GMH) Movement; and the need for translational research. This part of the review establishes the minimal criteria for a coherent theory of social psychiatry and the view of persons that emerges from such a theory, the social self. (3) Why the time has come for a manifesto for social psychiatry. I outline the parameters for a theory of social psychiatry, based on both the social self and the social determinants of health, to offer an inclusive social definition of health, concluding with a call for action, a manifesto for the 21st century social psychiatry.


How to cite this article:
Di Nicola V. “A person is a person through other persons”: A social psychiatry manifesto for the 21st century.World Soc Psychiatry 2019;1:8-21


How to cite this URL:
Di Nicola V. “A person is a person through other persons”: A social psychiatry manifesto for the 21st century. World Soc Psychiatry [serial online] 2019 [cited 2023 Feb 4 ];1:8-21
Available from: https://www.worldsocpsychiatry.org/article.asp?issn=2667-1077;year=2019;volume=1;issue=1;spage=8;epage=21;aulast=Di;type=0