Book Chapter

Can Laws “Commit” Governments to Provide Mental Health Services? A Role for Human Rights in Securing Resources

Piers Gooding

Innovations in Global Mental Health | Springer | Published : 2020


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) came into force in 2006 and brings mental health issues more forcefully than ever before into the fold of international human rights law. This chapter lists a range of programs, policies, and laws for applying human rights in the mental health context. It will focus on the positive obligations placed on governments by the CRPD in contrast to the type of rights that demand noninterference by government and between individuals. This chapter explores how these concrete steps can be taken within – but also outside – mental health policy and programming. Practical examples include individual advocacy and personal assi..

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