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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.


  1. Use of coercion and force is widespread in psychiatry. 3 June 2021
  2. European psychiatry in bad shape. 3 June 2021
  3. Patients see restraints as torture. 5 June 2021
  4. The WHO seeks to end human rights violations in psychiatry. 11 June 2021
  5. Use of Coercive Measures in Psychiatry: the case of Denmark. 21 August 2021
  6. More persons than ever locked up in psychiatry in Denmark 12 September 2021

The European Times Info aims to cover news that matter to increase the awareness of citizens all around geographical Europe.

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  1. Sanna Luisella 3 June 2021

    Very important issue!
    It is vital that the Council of Europe puts an end to these legislations that allow coercetives measures
    throughout Europe. Thousands and thousands persons have suffered from these measures and still today.

    As an example, forcing a person to get an injection of psych drugs every week or every month without consent!

    A thourough investigation should be done by our European governments on these abusive measures.

    We are all concerned and we cannot accept in 2021 that these abuses are still there.

    Luisella Sanna

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