Mental health in crisis
Friday (28 May 2021) United Nations human rights experts called upon the Council of Europe to withdraw a possible new legal instrument that would maintain an approach to mental health policy and practice that is based on coercion, which is incompatible with contemporary human rights principles and standards.
The United Nations experts who are having extensive expertise in the field of disability, mental health and human rights noted that “Overwhelming evidence from the European Disability Forum, Mental Health Europe and other organizations and growing consensus within the United Nations including at the World Health Organization, show that forced admission to medical institutions and coercive treatments in institutions will bring harmful effects such as pain, trauma, humiliation, shame, stigmatisation and fear to people with psychosocial disabilities.”
What is the actual scene? How widespread is the use of forced admissions and coercive treatments?
The European Times will be covering the matter in an article series starting today.
See also article on Council of Europe in big controversy here.
- Use of coercion and force is widespread in psychiatry. 3 June 2021
- European psychiatry in bad shape. 3 June 2021
- Patients see restraints as torture. 5 June 2021
- The WHO seeks to end human rights violations in psychiatry. 11 June 2021