World Mental Health Day

Today in World Mental Health Day – and it provides us in Ireland with a lot to think about in terms of the way in which mental health services are provided and how our mental health laws are constituted.  The key policy document on mental health is entitled “A Vision for Change” and the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy, which was established to monitor its implementation have been very critical to date in their five annual reports on the lack of progress in implementation.  See here.  In its most recent report it was critical of the absence of a recovery ethos within mental health services.  This is a major challenge that has to be addressed as principles of recovery are at the core of the philosophy underpinning “A Vision for Change”.  While there is much to be dismayed about we are at an important crossroads in Ireland in relation to our mental health laws.  The Department of Health is in the process of reviewing of the Mental Health Act 2001, while the Department of Justice is similarily reviewing the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006.  This provides a significant opportunity to rethink our mental health laws in light of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which the Government is working towards Continue reading “World Mental Health Day”

World Mental Health Day

UN Call for Papers on Article 12 of the Disability Convention

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has a call for papers on the practical and theoretical measures for the implementation of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD1). The Committee recently had a call for papers on the legal measures for the implementation of Article 12 of CRPD. The Committee at its fourth session noted that the information that it received from its last call were exclusively on legal measures. The Committee would appreciate papers on the practical and theoretical measures for the implementation of Article 12. The Committee is of the opinion that papers on the theoretical and practical measures necessary to implement Article 12 “… will enable the Committee’s Working Group on Article 12 to examine a wider range of issues raised by States Parties regarding the implementation of Article 12.” Papers should be emailed to the Committee by 17 July 2011 in either English, Spanish or Arabic. The email address is crpd@ohchr.org

UN Call for Papers on Article 12 of the Disability Convention