Human Rights and Ethics in Mental Health

MARATONE 2nd Mandatory Training Human Rights and Ethics in Mental Health (Nottwil, 24th -26th March 2014)

Nottwil

Venue: Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF) Seminar and Conference Hotel GZI Guido A. Zäch Strasse 4 CH-6207 Nottwil Switzerland

Objectives:

This training event  concentrated on one of the four major research topics of the MARATONE project, and one of the four pillars of the 2008 EU Pact on Mental Health and well-being: human rights and ethics in mental health. The aim was to set the stage for the e-learning to follow by introducing the ESRs to basic concepts and propositions of national and international human rights law – focusing on the impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) – as well as the fundamental ethical values of autonomy and dignity that play out in concrete ethical dilemmas in mental health practice and research.

A course on human rights and ethics in mental health has been hosted and provided by the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation to all ESRs, with the input and collaboration of EBC, Federació Salut Mental Catalunya and INNCB. The following topics werecovered:

  • basic introduction to national and international human rights law;
  • European national instruments on mental health human rights;
  • the impact of the CRPD on mental health epidemiology and social response;
  • introduction to ethical analysis as it applies to mental health in a social context, and the ethics of public health and epidemiology;
  • the ethical values of autonomy and dignity as they concern the social treatment of people with mental health problems;
  • the range and content of ethical issues associated with mental health research.

For more details please see the agenda.

Training in Nottwil was followed by an e-Learning training that was provided by the SPF in collaboration with CIBERSAM, EBC and Federació Salut Mental Catalunya and INNCB.