Movement to transform mental health gaining global momentum
A profound shift in the way mental health care is delivered globally is underway, according to Michelle Funk and Natalie Drew at the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
Writing in the Lancet Journal, they say the transformation is “changing attitudes towards people with psychosocial, intellectual, and cognitive disabilities.” They believe the United Nation’s 2008 Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) helped to coordinate and usher in these changes globally, including the publication and distribution of a set of 15 training and guidance modules as part of the so-called ‘QualityRights initiative.’
The initiative offers a new approach to mental health care that is rights based and recovery oriented and was compiled in consultation with more than 100 national and international actors including: disabled people’s organisations; non-governmental organisations; people with lived experience; family, care partners, and professionals working in mental health or related areas; human rights activists; lawyers; and others. EUFAMI also provided its own input to the modules.
More details can be found in the Lancet Psychiatry article