FREE Webinar:

There´s no mental health care without Human Rights

May 23rd, 2023

10:00 GMT
(Duration 1,5 hours)

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“There´s no mental health care without Human Rights”

May 23rd, 2023 at 10:00 GMT


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In mental health care, incorporating into daily practice the vision of inclusion, empowerment and non-stigmatization, nor discrimination towards people who are treated due to their mental health conditions enhances their recovery and development as citizens in their lives. In mental health services, human rights are present at every step of the process; empathy, good communication, accurate information, and respect for the dignity of those who need help, is implicit in good mental health care. But Human Rights still are violated and must be intensified, promoted and guaranteed.

In this webinar we will approach it in a practical way from different perspectives, first hand:

  • a person with lived experience,
  • a family member and
  • a psychiatrist.


Prof. Afzal Javed

President World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
Consultant Psychiatrist (UK and Pakistan)
Honorary Professor. Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham, UK
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK
Chairman Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House, Lahore, Pakistan

Dr. Maria V. Rodrigues

Dr Maria Rodrigues is a researcher, educator and development practitioner who focuses on the intersection between mental health, social justice and cross-cultural peacebuilding. She has supported the World Psychiatric Association as a consultant since 2019, especially contributing to its working group on Implementing Alternatives to Coercion in Mental Health Care and facilitating meetings of its working group on Partnerships with Service Users and Family Carers. Her research and consultancy work has additionally contributed to toolkits, policy and strategic documents for StrongMinds Uganda, Victoria Health, the National Indigenous Australians Agency, Relationships Australia and Amnesty International. Maria holds a BA in Psychology from Elmira College, NY and a PhD in Applied Ethics (Global Justice) from the University of Melbourne.

Prof. Dr. Michaela Amering

Michaela Amering is a psychiatrist and Professor at the Division of Social Psychiatry of the Medical University of Vienna/Austria. The main focus of her clinical, teaching and research activities is on the situation of persons with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and their families and friends. Her professional experience includes work in research and community psychiatry in the USA, the UK, Germany and Ireland as well as involvement in international organisations such as the European Psychiatric Association (EPA), the World Association of Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) and the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), where she enjoys Honorary Membership as a Fellow and is currently coordinating the WG on Developing Partnerships with Service Users and Family Carers. She is a board member of the Austrian Association of Social Psychiatry, recipient of the 2020 Austrian Award for Innovation in Social Psychiatry, and an Honorary Fellow of the European Society of Social Psychiatry (ESSP) as well as of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP). She is the 2021 winner of the EPA Constance Pascal – Helen Boyle Prize for Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in Working to Improve Mental Health Care in Europe. She is a proponent of the concept and practice of ‘Trialogue’, a setting which allows communication and collaboration on equal footing between people with a lived experience of mental health problems, their families and friends, and mental health professionals, generating a specific and independent form of acquisition and production of knowledge.

Guadalupe Morales Cano

Guadalupe Morales Cano, is a Journalist and director of Fundación Mundo Bipolar (Spain), Commissioner of Lancet Commission on Stigma and Discrimination in Mental Health, and Representative of persons with lived experience at the Spanish Mental Health Strategy. Mrs. Morales had teaching positions at universities in Spain and USA. Currently she teaches in the Master of Universitat Jaume I, in Valencia, Spain”, at Universidade NOVA Lisbon, International Learning Program and at The International Diploma in Mental Health, Human Rights, and Law in Pune, India, promoted by WHO. She is an Honorary Member of WPA, and Vice president of ENUSP, (European Network of (-Ex) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry. Her main interests are: raising of the voice of people with mental health problems, at a political level, to have a meaningful involvement in every aspect related to this collective and to promote their Rights, developing projects on peer2peer trainings and to professionals.

Prof. Dr. John Allan

President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) until May2021. Executive Director of Mental Health Alcohol and other Drugs Branch, Clinical Excellence Division in Queensland Health School of Medicine University of Queensland, Australia. Associate Professor Allan leads the Mental Health, Alcohol and other Drugs Branch in Queensland Health, which is the key agency for policy, service development, clinical and legislative governance and information management. He has previously been Chief Psychiatrist in both Queensland and New South Wales. He spent twenty years working in North Queensland where he helped a community recover from a traumatic psychiatric scandal, led clinical services and developed a wide range of new mental health services. He is highly experienced in government policy, mental health legislation and service development.

Prof. Martha Savage

Born in the United States, Martha Kane Savage is also a New Zealand citizen, and is Professor of Geophysics at Victoria University of Wellington. In 2017 her son died in a Japanese hospital after being mechanically restrained for 10 days, and she has since campaigned for an end to the practice. She is an Honorary member of the WPA and is serving on the Working Group on Developing Partnerships with Service Users and Family Carers, on the WPA Working Group Implementing Alternatives to Coercion in Mental Health Care, and on the Working Group on WPA Volunteering.


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