Introduction to Mental Health and Human Rights

This session begins with an exercise to illustrate and discuss the prevalence and causes of mental health problems. Afterwards a brief presentation explains applicable definitions and relevant international human rights instruments. This is followed by group work during which participants are asked to identify human rights violations in case studies, and to link these to relevant human rights standards.

  • To raise awareness on the importance of mental health
  • To become familiar with the definitions of relevant terms, and the difficulties inherent in these definitions
  • To gain understanding of common human rights violations in relation to mental health and how these can be linked to specific human rights standards

Individuals with little knowledge on mental health, and human rights violations in the context of mental health. Basic understanding of human rights instruments is assumed.

90 minutes

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Very helpful for young trainers

The training manual is very helpful for young trainers. Planning a training session becomes an easy task through it, and the content is very rich and well structured .
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Sana Sboui and Mayssa Rekhis - Tunesia  - Apr 2012

Very useful

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unknown - Asia - Sep 2011

practical materials

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Vani Dulaki - Fiji - Sep 2011