28 October 2019

Ending coercion, promoting human rights in mental healthcare

On 10 December 2019, to mark Human Rights Day, Mental Health Europe will hold an event ‘Ending coercion, promoting human rights in mental healthcare’. The event will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels and will be hosted by Brando Benifei MEP (S&D, Italy).

The event will:

  • look at the fundamental intersection between mental health and human rights;
  • discuss the needs and barriers towards a human rights-based approach in mental healthcare across Europe;
  • provide recommendations on how to move forward towards truly human rights-compliant mental health services.

The event will bring together key stakeholders and policymakers, members of the European Parliament Coalition for Mental Health and Wellbeing, users and providers of mental health services. People with lived experience will share their personal testimonies. During the event, MHE will also present the key finding of ‘Promising practices in prevention, reduction and elimination of coercion across Europe’ report.


Confirmed speakers include:

Brando Benifei 

Member of the European Parliament, S&D, event host

Markus Schefer

United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Sandra Vos

Director of treatment cases at GGZ Breburg, the Netherlands

Mateusz Biernat

Foundation Human, Poland

Jolijn Santegoeds

Co-chair of World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

Maths Jesperson

Founder of PO-Skåne and founding member of European Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, Sweden

Tilly Metz 

Member of the European Parliament (Greens/EFA)

For any inquiries, practical information or more details, please contact Marcin Rodzinka, Advocacy and Policy Officer, Mental Health Europe, marcin.rodzinka@mentalhealtheurope.org, +32 2 227 27 08.

We look forward to welcoming you on 10 December at our event. 

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