Humanised Mental Health Services: As Impossible As Flying To The Moon?

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Authors: Helen Gibbs, SA

Year: 1999

Event: 1999 TheMHS Conference

Subject: book of proceedings, The Mental Health Reform Alliance, non-violent social activism, HUMAN RIGHTS, Our Lives Our Choices

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Presenting on behalf of The Mental Health Reform Alliance, the speaker maintains that the humanisation of the mental health services is not a distant dream, but an achievable reality. In fully considering the circumstances of other human beings and in committing themselves to doing all that is necessary to bring about change, staff will bring the dream of a fully humanised mental health service into reality.

The speaker will discuss non-violent social activism, as employed by Martin Luther King Jr. in the black civil rights movement, as an approach to negotiation that might be employed by service recipients within the mental health sector. She will outline the objectives and activities of the Mental Health Reform Alliance which will employ non-violent social activism to insist upon the recognition of human rights within the mental health sector. Finally, the speaker will urge those staff who are committed to learning about the issues, experiences and recommendations of service recipients to attend the consumer and carer run Our Lives Our Choices Conference.

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