WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation
Nonserial Publication
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241562829 ISBN-10    924156282X
Order Number    11500611
Price    CHF    50.00 / US$    50.00 Developing countries:    CHF    25.00
English     2005        197   pages
People with mental disorders are exposed to a wide range of human rights violations both within the health care context and the broader community. Mental health laws are an essential means of promoting and protecting their rights, but despite this, countries all over the world fail to legislate effectively, if at all, in this area.

The WHO Resource Book on Mental Health, Human Rights and Legislation brings together important information on international human rights standards related to mental health. It provides practical guidance on key issues that countries need to consider and incorporate into their national mental health laws, as well as useful strategies to facilitate the development, adoption and implementation of the laws.

The Resource Book is illustrated throughout with examples of diverse experiences and practices, as well as extracts of laws and other law-related documents from different countries. It also contains a Checklist on mental health legislation which countries can use to review the comprehensiveness and adequacy of existing mental health legislation and to help them in the process of drafting a new law.

"... excellent book, which should be required reading for every mental health service manager and all who care about the quality of life of those with mental disorders." - The Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health