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Universal Human Rights Article 2 and Mental Health

August 31, 2011

Article 2 states:

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Now, `Everyone’ here means everyone, including psychiatric `diagnosees’ (i.e. those with psychiatric diagnoses) and this also includes those under so-called `community orders’.  Ones status as a diagnosee does not, under this article, permit mental health services and local or national laws to disregard the UDHR with respect to diagnosees.  All who have signed up have signed up, and this includes the UK, and UK law must respect this.

If one fundamentally disagrees with the whole psychiatric belief system on scientific grounds, this is no excuse for mental health services to just label that someone `anti-psychiatrist’ and ignore their views.  Furthermore, you cannot deny a ‘mentally ill‘, ‘mentally disabled‘ or ‘mentally handicapped’ person their rights under the UDHR just because you and him/her cannot understand each other or communicate properly: both sides must accept responsitility for any lack of or error in communication, and no-one should play the ‘blame game’.  This means that you also cannot just attach a diagnosis to someone, blame them (or their diagnosis) for any misunderstandings and then mistreat them or force them to take an excessive amount of ‘medication’ in the name of ‘their best interest’.  Current psychiatric practice is just not on.

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