Force in Psychiatry and Mental Health - an Open House Programme at Centre for Advocacy in Mental Health

Today Bapu Trust's Centre for Advocacy in Mental Health, Pune hosts an Open House for all Bapu people on force in pychiatry and mental health. I shall be talking on the human rights aspects of involuntary institutionalisation and treatment, on perceived coercion and give a brief summary of the - unfortunately limited - research available on the effectiveness of forced interventions. The Open House programme was prompted by the fact that Bapu people all agree on no-force as a principle but find the practical implications worth for further discussions. Bapu is actively preparing for two new, user driven projects, a peer support programme and a drop in centre. These activities also require a common understanding on force and psychiatry.

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