Sunday, 08 July 2012
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
Friday, 27 April 2012
Friday, 02 March 2012
The caging of human beings is a gross violation of international human rights law. Yet it continues to be acceptable ‘treatment‘ for psychiatric patients in the Czech Republic.
The European Network of (Ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP) has learned of the recent suicide of a woman in a caged bed at Dobřany psychiatric clinic near Plzeň.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. (Mark Twain)
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.