New resources on mental health and mental capacity

The British Institute of Human Rights is pleased to publish three new guides on mental health, mental capacity and human rights. The booklets aim to empower people using services to advocate for their own human rights. BIHR have co-produced the booklets with six advocacy and support organisations, who have been working with us on a project called Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy

My Human Rights contains information about what human rights are, which rights are most relevant for people using mental health and mental capacity services and explains who has duties to uphold your rights. This is also available in an accessible version

Raising a Human Rights Issue contains tips and tools on how to use your human rights. This workbook contains flowcharts and worked through examples to help you identify whether public officials are interfering with your rights and the action you can take to challenge this, outside of courtrooms, in everyday situations.

BIHR has been road-testing these resources and, following feedback, we have launched these updated versions. They contain real-life examples of how people using services (and their advocates) have used human rights to negotiate for better outcomes.

If you would like a hard copy of the resources, come along to one of our free learning sessions or email Jasmine Powell at [email protected]