Nothing Short of a ‘Sea Change’ Will End Years of Gross Neglect in Mental Health Care

UN News Centre, 6 June 2017

Citing decades of neglect in mental health care, a United Nations human rights expert today denounced “biomedical gatekeepers” who perpetuate stigma and urged States and psychiatrists to act with courage to reform a “crisis-hit system built on outdated attitudes.”

“We need little short of a revolution in mental health care to end decades of neglect, abuse and violence,” Dainius Pūras, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health said after presenting his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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