Human Rights and Mental Health Services1 September 2023
The MHC has engaged the Munster Technological University - and its UNESCO Chair Research Centre - to support the development of evidence-informed guidance and training on a human rights-based approach to care for mental health services.
Human rights are about giving people a chance to live a good life based on principles including fairness, respect, equality, dignity, and freedom.
To develop good guidance, we need to understand current awareness, practice and experiences related to human rights currently in place within our mental health services. This will inform the research and contribute to the production of practical, evidence-informed guidance and training for services and implementing a human rights-based approach to care and treatment.
The researchers want to hear from those who have knowledge and lived experience of mental health services, as service users or service providers. They are also interested in the experiences of family members, caregivers and supporters, peers, advocates, lawyers, and public officials. Children and adolescents will be consulted directly over the coming weeks. This current consultation applies to those with experience in, or of, child and adolescent services.
The data gathered will be used to inform the development of guidance and training for those working in mental health services in Ireland. The MHC will develop practical and user-friendly guidance, focused on improving outcomes for service users and provide training and other resources to maximise uptake and implementation of the guidance.
The research focuses on topics related to:
- Human rights and mental health knowledge and understanding and training
- Your will and preference, legal capacity and the right to decide
- Experiences in mental health services in Ireland
- Quality services, community inclusion, mental health wellbeing and recovery
To access the survey please click on the link provided below:
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