Human Rights Approaches to Mental Health

The CAFÉ TA Center recently hosted Human Rights Approaches to Mental Health, a conversation about what it means to take a human rights approach to mental health advocacy, and how looking at support, recovery, treatment, and policy through a human rights lens can shift perspectives for peers and the public alike.

View the recording here!

While to the average person the phrase “human rights” may bring to mind international politics, or the names of well-known historical social justice advocates, the reality for people with mental health conditions is that their stake in human rights is often personal. The essential human right to make decisions for oneself is often brought into question for people with mental health diagnoses, whose right to consent to or decline treatment can be violated, whose legal right to speak for themselves can be overridden, and who may even undergo seclusion and restraint against their will.

Join our panel of experts for a conversation about how considering mental health and the support of people with lived experience through a human rights framework can help reveal where our existing system of care and human rights considerations come into conflict, and the type of reality we might experience if human rights were the foundation for approaches to support, recovery, and community inclusion.

This webinar is the seventh in a year-long series of monthly conversations about innovative peer-centered, recovery-focused practices in mental health facilitated by national peer leader, CEO of Promise Resource Network, and 2022 Bazelon Center Innovator of the Year Cherene Caraco.

Throughout the series, Cherene and CAFE TAC will introduce attendees to leaders with lived experience who have launched alternative ways to advance recovery, voice, and healing in their communities. Join us as we learn about innovative approaches, concepts, models and programs throughout the US and become inspired to perhaps launch your own!