The European Conference of (ex-)users and survivors "Reshaping Our Future" organized by the European Network of (ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry and the Danish (Ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry organization LAP, with financial support from the Danish Ministry of Social Affairs will take place in Hilleröd, Denmark, on 11-14 December 2014.
Highlights of the event will include:
• a conference to exchange experiences and opinions and strengthen support on CRPD implementation, organizing, researching and developing practices for the future;
• in-depth coverage of the human rights and other concerns of the Danish movement
of users and survivors of psychiatry;
• the Ordinary General Assembly of ENUSP, including the election of a new Board and Chair.
If you are interested, download the registration form.
ENUSP took part in the WHOECC Congress on “How to promote empowerment experiences of mental health service users and carers in Europe? – Indicators and good practices” in Lille, France at 30 and 31 January 2014.
Read the statement of ENUSP here:
ENUSP feedback on the WHO Europe Indicators of empowerment
Each year in France, over 75,000 persons are forcibly interned in psychiatric hospitals, very often at the request of a “third party”, usually a relative. In a statement endorsed by ENUSP, French user/survivor activists remind the French government that psychiatric incarceration and forced psychiatric treatment are grave violations of human rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). Together with the Union Nationale GEM-France (UNGF), the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP), the Center for Human Rights of Users and
Survivors of Psychiatry (CHRUSP) and Mental Health Europe (MHE), we call on the new French government to repeal the country's 2011 mental health law and respect the rights and dignity of all users and survivors in France. You can read the letter here in English and in French
Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence. (Henrik Tikkanen)
ENUSP is the only independent network of mental health service users and survivors of psychiatry at a European level. Our members are regional, national and local organisations and individuals from 39 countries united in the fight for human rights and self-determination.
In addition to maintaining a Europe-wide support network, ENUSP has campaigned for the last nineteen years to end discriminatory and abusive treatment of users and survivors of psychiatry and advance accessible alternatives in the community. Our efforts help to expose coercive psychiatric treatment as a major human rights violation which must be dealt with through changes to public law and policy.
We are consultants to the European Commission, the United Nations and other major public and non-profit bodies.