Report on Mental Health and Human Rights

Americas, April 15 2017

The report on Mental Health and Human Rights identifies some of the major challenges faced by users of mental health services, persons with mental health conditions and persons with psychosocial disabilities

These challenges include stigma and discrimination, violations of economic, social and other rights and the denial of autonomy and legal capacity. In July 2016, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 32/18 and requested the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a report on the integration of a human rights perspective in mental health. In the report, the High Commissioner recommends a number of policy shifts, which would support the full realization of the human rights of those populations, such as the systematic inclusion of human rights in policy and the recognition of the individualÂ’s autonomy, agency and dignity. Such changes cover measures to improve the quality of mental health service delivery, to put an end to involuntary treatment and institutionalization and to create a legal and policy environment that is conducive to the realization of the human rights of persons with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities.

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