08 August 2017
The British Psychological Society are co-signatories, along with Mental Health Europe, to a letter endorsing the recent United Nations Special Rapporteur’s report on mental health.
The report calls for shift away from isolating mental health services which are coercive and inappropriately medicalised to ones that are recovery and community-based and promote social inclusion.
A number of organisations from the UK and beyond have signed, including the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA).
Professor Peter Kinderman, Vice President of the BPS said: “This is a ‘good news’ story about mental health. The UN Special Rappurteur, Dainaius Pūras, himself a psychiatrist, has brought together several key issues; the importance of mental health care in successful societies, the need to protect and promote our rights, and the social origins of mental health problems. As a psychologist, it’s great to see such high-profile support for the approach that my colleagues have been promoting for many years, and which offers so much hope. What we need now, of course, is for nations to adopt and implement the recommendations in this report.”