"Talk to me, not my illness": relevance of human rights and social justice in child and adolescent mental health intervention

Khan, Abul, and Miles, Debra (2011) "Talk to me, not my illness": relevance of human rights and social justice in child and adolescent mental health intervention. In: Jones, Peter, Miles, Debra, Francis, Abraham, and Rajeev, S.P., (eds.) Eco-social Justice: issues, challenges and ways forward: voices from De Novo '11. Books for Change, Karnataka, India, pp. 307-326.

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Abstract

Clinical intervention in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) not only needs to ensure appropriate service but it must also reflect a commitment to uphold the rights of young people to be actively involved in professional decision making that affect their lives. In the context of convincing evidence regarding negative impact of global climate change on mental health, the promotion of self-sustainability appears crucial through strength based approaches such as participation and autonomy in the healing and treatment process. The intervention pathways chosen by the multidisciplinary team must work to build the resilience of children and young people and facilitate the development of self-reliance in their lives. The authors observed that active participation of children and young people in the CAMHS treatment process is still in the early stage due to lack of wider social recognition regarding centrality of children's mental health, and their credibility to actively participate in the treatment process. However, this paper argues that effective and just intervention must ensure the appropriate participation of the children in all stages of their treatment programme, in the spirit of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Item ID: 20731
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: empowerment, rights, participation, eco-social, stigma, mental health, justice, myth, bio-psychosocial and social attitude
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ISBN: 978-81-8291-118-5
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2012 22:12
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160701 Clinical Social Work Practice @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 60%
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