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OHCHR launches report on mental health and human rights 

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recently launched a report on mental health and human rights at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council. This document is a landmark for mental health and human rights as the first OHCHR analysis that looks extensively at the right to mental health with a post UN CRPD lens.

The report deals with many of the topics that MHE is working on most actively including the participation of people with lived experience and with psychosocial disabilities, the systemic challenges facing mental health systems as well as the human rights abuses which are all to frequent including denial of legal capacity, forced placement, forced treatment, institutionalisation, violence, abuse and torture. It even cites one of MHE members Kristian Wahlbeck and highlights some good practices on deinstitutionalisation, recovery and community based services.

Although MHE would have liked to see more on the impact of the biomedical model on the right to mental health and the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities, MHE believes this a step-forward in the promotion of a human rights-based approach to mental health. 

 

  • Read the document here in all the UN languages HERE. 

 

 

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