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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement$
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Helen Spandler, Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314578

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.001.0001

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Advancing the rights of users and survivors of psychiatry using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Advancing the rights of users and survivors of psychiatry using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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(p.171) Twelve Advancing the rights of users and survivors of psychiatry using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement
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Tina Minkowitz

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.003.0013

This chapter is a transcript of an interview with Tina Minkowitz, who represented the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in the drafting and negotiation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The chapter explains why members of the mental health user/survivor movement claimed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a necessary vehicle for advocating for their human rights. The terms ‘psychosocial (or psychiatric) disability’ and the reason for its adoption in the US context, is discussed. The chapter responds in detail to the concern that abolishing specific mental health legislation might lead to the criminalisation and/or neglect of people with mental health problems, arguing that criminal behaviour needs to be dealt with under criminal law and advocates for the transformation of the criminal justice system.

Keywords:   disability, human rights, legislation, criminalisation, neglect, psychosocial disability, psychiatric disability, survivors

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