Mental health

Launch of WHO QualityRights Project & Tool Kit

New York, 28 June 2012

On 28 June 2012 the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the QualityRights Project and Tool Kit. The event outlined WHO’s global campaign to improve care and halt human rights violations against people with mental health conditions.

Speakers with a wide range of experiences – from the world of Hollywood to the urban slums of India – provided their personal insight and perspectives on the dire situation faced by millions of people with mental health conditions around the world, and on how the WHO QualityRights breaks new ground in the drive to raise human rights and quality standards in mental health and social care.

The event brought together Ambassadors and other representatives of Missions to the United Nations, representatives from UN agencies, Foundations, civil society, the media and other key partners who have a critical role to play in bringing an end to abuses and promoting the rights of persons with mental health conditions.

Videos of speakers

Dr Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General, Non Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO


H.E Mr Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly.


Mr Gary Foster, Hollywood film producer and mental health advocate.


Dr Michelle Funk, Coordinator, Mental Health Policy and Service Development, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO .


Ambassador Carlos Enrique Garcia Gonzalez, Deputy Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations.


Mrs Robinah Alambuya, President, Pan African Network of People with Psychosocial Disabilities, Uganda.


Dr Julian Eaton, Mental Health Adviser, CBM West Africa Regional Office.


Mr Gregory David Roberts, bestselling author of ‘Shantaram’.


Dr Jacob Kumaresan, Executive Director, WHO Office at the United Nations, New York.

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WHO QualityRights Tool Kit

WHO QualityRights tool kit to improve quality and human rights in mental health facilities.

Photo gallery of the launch

Photos and quotes from the Launch of WHO QualityRights Project & Tool Kit