Protecting the Rights of the Mentally Ill in Poorly Resourced Settings

Crick Lund, Tom Sutcliffe, Alan J. Flisher and Dan J. Stein

in Mental Health and Human Rights

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Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199213962
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754500 | DOI:
 Protecting the Rights of the Mentally Ill in Poorly Resourced Settings

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Crick Lund, Tom Sutcliffe, Alan Flisher, and Dan J. Stein overview key international human rights instruments and note their relevance for people suffering from mental disorders in poor settings. This includes for example providing support to stopping rights violations, making legislation and policy compatible with the latest conventions (e.g. the CRPD), monitoring progress towards achieving a rights-based approach to mental health service provision, and lending weight to providing and scaling up appropriate, accessible, and affordable mental health care. After briefly analysing human rights aspects of legislation, oversight, and mental health systems in four African countries, the authors examine recent South African legislative reforms in detail, and the role of review boards, which has significantly helped protect rights in an affordable way. The final section makes recommendations for strengthening key areas of human rights protection.

Chapter.  6363 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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