The World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP) is affiliated to the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the two bodies share many common goals. The WASP working party on coercion in mental health care recently released a set of guiding principles and standards in late 2015, developed from the research and collaboration of members alongside issues highlighted in the literature and raised by human rights groups. These principles are set out below and are designed to be applicable in all countries:
- All individuals in a community should have access to the most effective affordable mental health care that is available.
- All individuals have the right to receive that care in the least restrictive manner possible.
- Individuals have the right to determine their own needs and requirements for treatment as far as is possible.
- Where treatment is compelled, this must be done proportionately, humanely, and in accordance with the relevant international conventions.
- Countries must give mental health care parity with physical healthcare and allocate budgets and support accordingly.
- High Income Group countries must support those in need to develop and improve their mental health services as a global ‘civic duty’.
Article highlighting human rights issues in Uganda published
British journal of Psychiatry International has published an article from group members in conjunction with major international human rights charity MDAC on mental health care in Uganda. It highlights some of the challenges and looks at opportunities for change and better care going forwards. The link below will take you straight to it:
First international conference on crisis care and coercion 2018 Rotterdam
The first international conference on crisis care and coercion has taken place recently in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. There were many relevant talks and symposia for people interested in acute mental health care and human rights and people attended from a number of countries to share ideas and initiatives in what was a very well coordinated and vigorous small conference. It is hoped to repeat the conference in either one or two years. Presentations from the conference are available on its website.
Launch of a new European Society
The European Society of Social Psychiatry (ESSP) has recently been set up. The first congress of the ESSP, chaired by François Ferrero, was held in the early summer in Geneva. The conference contained many sessions regarding coercion ad was a great success, fostering interest, partnerships, and collaborations which we hope we can build on. For the first time, such a congress contained specific workshops on the practical aspects of what might be done to reduce coercion in clinical practice. Feedback was excellent and we hope to run more workshops at future events. We will keep updating the site with such news. The website is http://www.esspsy.org
Likely workshop in Brussels, spring 2019
We are in the early stages of planning a workshop in the beautiful city of Brussels for spring next year, bringing together academics and clinicians from many countries to discuss and learn form each other about coercion and other matters of importance in modern mental health care. Further details will be posted as they become available but please do send any ideas in.
Coercion In mental health care- International perspectives
Members of the group have worked over recent years with key academics, clinicians, and service users from around the world to create a book that takes a global perspective on the issue of coercion. There are chapters regarding the law, ethics, practical considerations, the effects of economy and culture and many more things. There is also a chapter from each continent identifying important regional issues for the first time in the literature.