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Lecture: How mental health law discriminates unfairly...

Postby intermittent » Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:37 pm

How mental health law discriminates unfairly against people with mental illness
Professor George Szmukler

15/11/2010 at 1pm
Gresham College, Barnard's Inn Hall, Holborn, London EC1N 2HH

Mental health legislation in most jurisdictions (including England and Wales) discriminates against people with a mental illness.
When it comes to involuntary treatment, it fails to respect - without adequate justification - the 'autonomy' of people with a mental illness, in stark contrast to the treatment of people with a physical illness. It further discriminates against persons with a mental disorder by allowing a form of preventive detention on the basis of 'risk', without any offence having been committed. Mental health legislation thus carries underlying assumptions that people with mental disorders are not fully self-determining and that they are inherently dangerous. It is possible to frame a law based on impaired decision-making capacity, from whatever cause (whether due to a mental or physical disorder), that would counter such discrimination.

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Re: Lecture: How mental health law discriminates unfairly...

Postby DontBeSad » Mon Dec 06, 2010 7:58 pm

It doesn't matter where on Earth you are. If you have a known mental disability, people are going to view you differently. You'll be judged more harshly despite any positive attributes you can provide to your work in school, on the job, etc. Seeing as this particular meeting was in November, I was curious to know if there was on in December. I'm interested in attending and discussing the various issues our society has concerning the mentally handicapped.
"I've Fallen and I can't get up" won't be something I'm going to say anytime soon.

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