Mental health in crisis

Friday (28 May 2021) United Nations human rights experts called upon the Council of Europe to withdraw a possible new legal instrument that would maintain an approach to mental health policy and practice that is based on coercion, which is incompatible with contemporary human rights principles and standards.

The United Nations experts who are having extensive expertise in the field of disability, mental health and human rights noted that “Overwhelming evidence from the European Disability Forum, Mental Health Europe and other organizations and growing consensus within the United Nations including at the World Health Organization, show that forced admission to medical institutions and coercive treatments in institutions will bring harmful effects such as pain, trauma, humiliation, shame, stigmatisation and fear to people with psychosocial disabilities.”

What is the actual scene? How widespread is the use of forced admissions and coercive treatments?

The European Times will be covering the matter in an article series starting today.

See also article on Council of Europe in big controversy here.


  1. Use of coercion and force is widespread in psychiatry. 3 June 2021
  2. European psychiatry in bad shape. 3 June 2021
  3. Patients see psychiatric restraints as torture. 5 June 2021
  4. The WHO seeks to end human rights violations in psychiatry. 11 June 2021
  5. Use of Coercive Measures in Psychiatry: the case of Denmark. 21 August 2021
  6. More persons than ever locked up in psychiatry in Denmark. 12 September 2021
  7. European Court rejects request for an advisory opinion on biomedicine treaty. 30 October 2021
  8. Council of Europe again being urged to promote human rights. 30 October 2021
  9. The Old World and the selection of those who does not have the rights to liberty and security of person. 31 October 2021
  10. The European Convention on Human Rights designed to authorize Eugenics caused legislation. 31 October 2021
  11. International Shock: A Eugenics Ghost is still alive and kicking around in the Council of Europe. 1 November 2021
  12. The Human Rights problem of the Council of Europe. 3 November 2021
  13. UN High Commissioner calls for mental health care to be based on human rights. 16 November 2021
  14. Council of Europe’s human rights dilemma. 26 November 2021
  15. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to address the rights of “socially maladjusted”, 18 March 2022
  16. Parliamentary committee: Refrain from endorsing legal texts on coercive practices in mental health settings, 22 March 2022
  17. Council of Europe parliamentary committee: Step up deinstitutionalization of persons with disabilities, 22 March 2022
  18. Council of Europe: The battle for human rights in mental health continues, 10 April 2022
  19. WHO: The Quality Rights e-training for a paradigm shift in mental health, 1 May 2022
  20. Commissioner: Human rights are being undermined, 2 May 2022
  21. Council of Europe Assembly adopts resolution on deinstitutionalisation, 5 May 2022
  22. Council of Europe finalizing stand on deinstitutionalisation of persons with disabilities, 25 May 2022
  23. Council of Europe considering international human rights in mental health, 7 June 2022



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  1. Sanna Luisella Avatar
    Sanna Luisella

    Very important issue!
    It is vital that the Council of Europe puts an end to these legislations that allow coercetives measures
    throughout Europe. Thousands and thousands persons have suffered from these measures and still today.

    As an example, forcing a person to get an injection of psych drugs every week or every month without consent!

    A thourough investigation should be done by our European governments on these abusive measures.

    We are all concerned and we cannot accept in 2021 that these abuses are still there.

    Luisella Sanna

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