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End Coercion in Mental Health Services—Toward a System Based on Support Only

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Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine, Kliniken Landkreis Heidenheim gGmbH, Academic Teaching Hospital of Ulm University, Schlosshaustr, 100, 89522 Heidenheim, Germany
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Medical School Brandenburg, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Immanuel Albertinen Klinik Rüdersdorf, Seebad 82/83, 15562 Rüdersdorf bei Berlin, Germany
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A German version of this paper is currently under review in the German journal “Recht & Psychiatrie”.
Received: 17 June 2019 / Revised: 28 July 2019 / Accepted: 21 August 2019 / Published: 24 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Disability Human Rights Law)
Based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), several UN bodies, among them the High Commissioner for Human Rights, have argued for a complete ban of all coercive interventions in mental health care. The authors conceptualize a system for mental health care based on support only. Psychiatry loses its function as an agent of social control and follows the will and preferences of those who require support. The authors draw up scenarios for dealing with risk, inpatient care, police custody, and mental illness in prison. With such a shift, mental health services could earn the trust of service users and thereby improve treatment outcomes. View Full-Text
Keywords: CRPD; human rights; coercion; social control; mental illness CRPD; human rights; coercion; social control; mental illness
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Zinkler, M.; von Peter, S. End Coercion in Mental Health Services—Toward a System Based on Support Only. Laws 2019, 8, 19.

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