Critical and Ethical Mental Health

The Critical and Ethical Mental Health (CEMH) research group conducts research and teaching, and practices advocacy that promotes safer, more effective and more ethical research and practice in mental health.

Evidence indicates that unhappiness, distress, and stress are inappropriately medicalised, resulting in over-diagnosis and the unnecessary prescription of psychiatric drugs. At the same time, there is inadequate treatment and support for people with serious chronic mental illnesses.

One contributing factor is significant misinformation about mental health and mental disorders, which misleads health professionals, the media, the public, and governments, jeopardising the rational allocation of the billions of dollars of taxpayers' money spent on mental health services every year.

Our work advocates for change towards more ethical health policy and medical practice that addresses the social determinants of mental health.

If you would like to support our work in critical appraisal, meta-research, teaching and advocacy, you can make a donation and contribute to improving understanding and clinical practice in mental health.

We believe our research will have a significant impact on mental health for children and adults, not just here in Adelaide, but around the globe.

  • Donations

    You may wish to make a donation to support the CEMH's work (as an individual, organisation or anonymous donor) via:

    • this online form, making sure to type 'for the Critical and Ethical Mental Health group' in the comments section
    • post using this paper form
    • telephone by calling the University of Adelaide's Development team on +61 8 8313 5800
    • emailing the CEMH directly for banking details.

    Donations of $2 or more may be tax deductible. International donations from certain countries may also be tax deductible (see Give from Overseas).

    Please email us or refer to the University's official webpage for further information.