Global Mental Health: challenges for a global ethics

  • Fernando Lolas Stepke Universidad de Chile


This paper aims at presenting a perspective on a global ethics useful for conducting and evaluating research on global mental health. It includes the proposal of expanding the scope of “global” to include different aspects of cultural diversity and a plea for a “differential ethics” approach that accepts diversity and sociocultural determinants of health. The contention is advanced that ethics is a linguistic justification of moral norms based on customs, beliefs, and traditions. Besides its foundation on rational or religious beliefs, ethics should also be conceived of as a way of attaining human fulfillment of interests and expectations in the context of different forms of humanity.
Keywords global mental health, global ethics, differential ethics
How to Cite
Lolas Stepke, F. (2016). Global Mental Health: challenges for a global ethics. Acta Bioethica, 22(1). Retrieved from