Social justice and human rights issues in mental health practice

Chong, Mark David, and Francis, Abraham P. (2014) Social justice and human rights issues in mental health practice. In: Francis, Abraham P., (ed.) Social Work in Mental Health: areas of practice, challenges and way forward. SAGE Publications, New Delhi, India, pp. 244-264.

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Time and time again we see so many people with mental health issues struggling to negotiate their normal day-to-day activities because they suffer from "a clinically diagnosable disorder that significantly interferes with … [their] cognitive, emotional or social abilities". To make matters worse, mentally disordered people are frequently stigmatised by their own communities. Such acts of social exclusion, discrimination and abuse are not only morally reprehensible but are arguably also egregious breaches of their human rights. This chapter will therefore attempt to elaborate upon these key issues by outlining the nature and scope of the relevant human rights regimes; uncovering the extent to which such human rights abuses have occurred; the role social workers may play in protecting the human rights of mentally ill clients; and finally canvassing possible solutions that social workers may implement so as to prevent future violations, or at least remedy some of its more deleterious effects.

Item ID: 34354
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-81-321-1740-7
Keywords: criminal justice social work; criminal justice; human rights; mental health; social work; criminology; social justice
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2014 05:27
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 50%
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