6 December 2017

Open Letter for a Shift Away in Mental Health Services reaches 200+ signatories

The open letter for a shift away in mental health services, initiated by Mental Health Europe and the British Psychological Society, has now reached 200+ signatories. Signatories include 72 organisations and 131 individuals in Europe calling for a shift away from isolating mental health services which are coercive and inappropriately medicalised to ones that are recovery and community-based and promote social inclusion.

What does the letter say? 

The letter welcomes and endorses the report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur, Mr. Dainius Pūras, which highlights that mental health has been a forgotten issue for far too long, leaving too many people to suffer human rights abuses within mental health services.

The letter endorses the positive messages for a global approach to health and psychological wellbeing which moves away from the medicalisation of mental health and ensures the participation of diversity of rights-holders and relevant stakeholders including users and survivors of services, civil society and communities and empowers them.

The letter recalls that health is also a matter of social justice. Inequalities, poverty and abuse all impact on our physical and mental health, and the solutions are also political and social as well as technical.

What does the report say?

-“The history of psychiatry and mental health care is marked by egregious rights violations”
– “We have been sold a myth that the best solutions for addressing mental health challenges are medications and other biomedical interventions”.
– “Conventional wisdom based on a reductionist biomedical interpretation of complex mental health-related issues dominates mental health policies and services, even when not supported by research”.
– “For decades now, an evidence based informed by experiential and scientific research has been accumulating in support of psychosocial, recovery-oriented services and support and non-coercive alternatives to existing services”.

How to get involved?

If you would like to get involved and be added to the list of 200+ signatories please contact the Open Letter group HERE . Once you have signed, you will receive more information about dissemination. 
In the meantime, you can also share this post to help us spread the word on social media.

Download letter HERE

Download report HERE 

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