27 April 2015

This week we had a conversation with Dawn Whitaker, from the department of sociology at Lancaster University, about mental health and human rights.  We talked quite a bit about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. On Tuesday 16 June, CCrAMHP will be hosting the launch of ‘Madness, Distress and the Politics of Disablement‘ – see HERE for further details.  If you were at last night’s meeting and have any comments, please add them here.   Please, anyone, feel free to add resources that others might find of interest.

2 thoughts on “27 April 2015”

  1. It was great to see so many people at CCrAMHP last night and to have such a stimulating discussion both in the meeting and in the pub. Thanks Dawn.

    I was thinking about the importance of understanding where our mental health laws come from and one book I have found particularly useful in this respect is ‘The Politics of Mental Health Legislation’ by Clive Unsworth. It was published in 1987 so is not up to date, but for an understanding of the political origins of legislation it is invaluable.

    One of the ideas that Unsworth explores is that legislation has a purpose of inhibiting the role and power of psychiatry. He also discusses how the organisation of mental health services is determined by the law, rather than by therapeutic criteria. Hierarchies and roles of professionals are determined by laws, which also explains why so many are uncomfortable with and opposed to survivor led initiatives and ideas.

  2. Thanks Bob, I’ll check out Unsworth’s book. It strikes me from your comment that the law can both reinforce and destabilise organisational status quo, depending on how it’s utilised / applied… Chris Hatton’s blog: The four staplers of the apocalypse: Bureaucracy and people with learning disabilities is also interesting in this regard… Chrishatton.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/the-four-staplers-of-apocalypse.html?m=1

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