The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has launched a new guide to help respect and protect the human rights of people with mental health problems.
“Mental Health Advocacy and Human Rights: Your Guide”, guide has been produced with Mind Brighton and Hove, Wish and NSUN, three of the partner organisations involved in BIHR’s Human Rights in Healthcare project.
Aimed at both advocates and people who use services, this handy guide explains how the Human Rights Act can be used in mental health settings to secure better treatment and care for people. It draws on real life stories of how laws and legal cases can be used in everyday advocacy practice, providing helpful flow-charts, worked through examples and top tips.
Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director of the British Institute of Human Rights said: “As we know from working with our partners in Mind Brighton and Hove, Wish and NSUN, all too often people with mental health problems are marginalised or overlooked. We also know that when people understand that they have human rights which are protected by the law; this can give them and their advocates the confidence and power to voice their concerns and get the changes that are needed. We hope that our latest guide will be valuable resource for advocates and individuals, helping to ensure people with mental health problems are treated with equal dignity and respect.”
If you need hardcopies please contact Helen Wildbore on [email protected] or telephone 0207 882 5851.