Mental health

Mental health legislation & human rights

WHO mental health policy and service guidance package

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World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: vii, 50 p.
Publication date: 2003
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Russian
ISBN: ISBN 924154595X
WHO reference number: WM 30 2003ME V5

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Overview

Mental health legislation is essential for protecting the rights of people with mental disorders, who comprise a vulnerable section of society. This module provides information to help guide the development of mental health legislation. The module begins by setting out the activities that are required before legislation is formulated. The content of legislation is then described, including substantive provisions for specific mental health legislation and substantive provisions for other legislation impacting on mental health. Process issues in mental health legislation are then outlined, including drafting procedures, consultation and the implementation of legislation.

This module is part of the WHO Mental Health Policy and Service Guidance Package. The package consists of a series of interrelated user-friendly modules designed to address the wide variety of needs and priorities in policy development and service planning. Each module addresses a core aspect of mental health.