UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health (2017)
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest standard of physical and mental health
This report provides an excellent contextual overview, conclusions and recommendations relevant to promoting mental health consistently with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The report challenges the biomedical approach, and clarifies how power imbalances and biased use of evidence have perpetuated a harmful approach to addressing mental health. The Special Rapporteur calls on all States to adopt a rights-based approach that moves mental health care and support out of institutions and into communities. The report ends with a series of conclusions and recommendations, including for international development cooperation.
Mental health and development: targeting people with mental health conditions as a vulnerable group
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This report presents evidence that persons with psychosocial disabilities are particularly vulnerable and neglected and require attention from development stakeholders. It provides guiding principles for the inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities across development priority areas, including case study examples. It lists a number of actions to be taken by development actors, including bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, NGOs, civil society, and academic institutions to promote inclusion.
World Network of the Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
The World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP), is a representative organisation of and for persons with psychosocial disabilities. It is a member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA). This website contains links to a number of comments, statements, and position papers regarding issues affecting persons with psychosocial disabilities. This includes definitions and appropriate ways to refer to persons with psychosocial disabilities. The perspectives portrayed on this website are sometimes different to those of other international organisations in regards to psychosocial disability and mental health.
Overseas Development Institute (2013)
Background note on old age, disability and mental health: data issues for a post-2015 framework
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This background note provides rationale for the collection of disaggregated data on disability, including persons with mental health issues, and provides a brief overview of gaps and opportunities in the measurement of excluded groups. It is a useful resource for development practitioners who are developing measurement tools that include persons with psychosocial disabilities.
Davar B (2012)
Legal frameworks for and against people with psychosocial disability
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This article provides an analysis of legal frameworks affecting persons with psychosocial disabilities in India. The article was a result of advocacy for the UNCRPD in India and contains policy analysis in the context of changing mental health legal frameworks. It provides useful guidance to inform the analysis of legal frameworks, and their influence on the participation of persons with psychosocial disability in daily life/their communities.
Humanity & Inclusion
Source: Key list resources on mental health
Source is a comprehensive and frequently updated online resource centre on disability inclusion. Its key list on mental health provides a range of resources, including research, guidelines, policy briefings, health practitioner information, and links to organisations’ websites. The list of documents contains helpful information for those who wish to better understand mental health and psychosocial disability.
Promoting the rights of people with mental disabilities
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This information sheet provides governments guidance on protecting and promoting the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities. It links to supporting WHO documents regarding mental health as a neglected area of development.
Investing in mental health: Evidence for action
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This report is targeted at national and international funding agencies. It provides an overview of some of the social and cultural factors contributing to the neglect of mental health within health systems. It provides recent evidence on the benefits of investing in mental health systems and guidance for these investments.
Centre for Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry
The CHRUSP is a leader in human rights advocacy and the monitoring of issues affecting persons with psychosocial disabilities. Their website contains resources that provide development practitioners with useful information regarding the implementation of the UNCRPD. It also provides links to publications, videos, and human rights advocacy materials.
The WHO mental health policy and service guidance package
This package of resources contains 14 modules addressing policy, planning and service development. It provides useful guidance for governments and agencies providing technical support to governments regarding the development of mental health systems.
World Health Organisation (WHO)
This website outlines WHO’s approach and role in addressing mental health and development. It contains links to web pages and documents outlining WHO recommendations for the development of mental health services and inclusive general health services, mental health legal reforms, mental health response in emergencies, quality assessments of services, and human rights advocacy regarding persons with psychosocial disabilities. It includes guidance documents, toolkits, case studies, and policy briefings. Some key resources from the website are listed below. (Note that in these documents, the authors definition of persons with mental health conditions includes persons who have mental illness, epilepsy, substance use disorders, child and adolescent mental health problems, intellectual impairments, and persons with psychosocial disability).
World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and International Disability Alliance (2010)
The elephant in the room - involuntary psychiatric treatment and the WHO
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This resource provides a critical analysis of the above referenced document WHO (2010) Mental health and development: Persons with mental health conditions as a vulnerable group. It provides useful information regarding the various competing perspectives present in certain areas of mental health and development.