Consultation on Human Rights and mental health: "Identifying strategies to promote human rights in mental health"

14 – 15 May 2018, Room XVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The Human Rights Council in its resolution 36/13, recognised that persons with psychosocial disabilities, persons with mental health conditions, and mental health users face widespread discrimination, stigma, prejudice, violence, abuse, social exclusion and segregation, unlawful or arbitrary institutionalization, overmedicalization and treatment practices that fail to respect their autonomy, will and preferences.

In order to address these human rights violations, the Council held a one-day and a half consultation on mental health and human rights, focused on “Identifying strategies to promote human rights in mental health,” and open to all interested stakeholders.

The consultation benefited from practitioners from all regions who presented their practices and shared their experiences on how they were moving towards a human rights-based approach to mental health. Participants to the consultation also participated from the floor, presenting their own practices and sharing good practices.

Documents of the meeting


Background documents

High level opening

Presentations of the panellists

Panellists’ bios

Interventions from the floor

Video recording

Video recording of the Consultation on Human Rights and mental health is available in the following links:

Day 1 - morning

Day 1 - afternoon: