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Tula Brannelly, Lizzie Ward, and Nicki Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316510

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.001.0001

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Mental health service use and the ethics of care: in pursuit of justice

Mental health service use and the ethics of care: in pursuit of justice

(p.219) Seventeen Mental health service use and the ethics of care: in pursuit of justice
Ethics of Care

Tula Brannelly

Policy Press

A tension exists between the human rights of mental health service users and the use of detention and compulsory treatment constituted through mental disorder legislation. Tensions centre on human and civil rights that are affected by the use of mental health legislation, and that few people win the right for release from legislative powers. This rights-based approach to justice maintains and reinforces power and powerlessness, rather than offering any real opportunities for people placed under it to challenge the morality of the decisions made about them. Despite substantial dissatisfaction with this situation from people who use services, little traction has been gained for meaningful change. The ethics of care offers an alternative paradigm to consider social justice for mental health service users by questioning equality and marginalisation. Surfacing the ‘hidden practices’ associated with mental health service provision enables an examination of the context in which people are subject to losing human rights, the need for protection and whether justice is achieved.

Keywords:   mental health, rights, protection, social justice

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