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The rights of mentally ill people

Author:
HEGINBOTHAM Chris
Publisher:
Minority Rights Group
Publication year:
1987
Pagination:
12p., tables, bibliog.
Place of publication:
London
Journal article

Uptake and knowledge of voting rights by adult in-patients during the 2010 UK general election

Authors:
MCINTYRE James, et al
Journal article citation:
Psychiatrist (The), 36(4), April 2012, pp.126-130.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

A total of 152 in-patients resident in Westminster were identified across 12 general adult psychiatric wards in London. A clinician completed survey explored their knowledge about their rights and their attitudes to voting. Of the 84 eligible to vote (55% male, median age 39 years, 50% Caucasian), 38% had voted in the 2005 election. This compares with a turnout of 50.7% in Westminster, 61% nationally. Fifty five of the 84 expressed interested in voting in the 2010 election but only 36 had registered to vote. Overall eligible to vote psychiatric adult in-patients were half as likely to register as the general population and half as likely to vote if registered. Nine out of ten of those unregistered mentioned a lack of knowledge of their eligibility to vote or of the registration process. Long-stay patients were particularly disenfranchised. It seems that, despite a significant proportion of those with mental health problems remaining engaged with politics, many patients and staff are unaware of the new rules giving a greater proportion of in-patients the right to vote and the simplified processes. It is suggested that for future elections timely written information should be provided for both patients and staff. Once registered, patients may need further support to overcome practical and psychological barriers, and cast their vote.

Journal article

Swings and roundabouts

Author:
SHRUBB Richard
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, May 2008, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

The author discusses how the new statutory right to advocacy in England under the new Mental Health Act could prove a mixed blessing. In Scotland, anyone with a mental disorder has a statutory right to advocacy, in England and Wales, however, the right to advocacy is confined only to patients under section.

Journal article

Goods and services

Author:
JACKSON Catherine
Journal article citation:
Mental Health Today, June 2004, pp.10-11.
Publisher:
Pavilion
Place of publication:
Hove

Investigates the main barriers to social inclusion faced by mentally ill people. Among these barriers are factors such as society's attitudes towards mental health, employment discrimination and debt.  This article also holds mental health professionals accountable for social exclusion; arguing that they provide a lack of financial advise and fail to recognise their clients lives outside of their condition.  In conclusion, it is asserted that change towards social inclusion will be realised if mental health services work together with mainstream agencies and organisations to combat discrimination, and for mental health professionals to have higher expections as to what people with mental health problems can acheive.

Journal article

Where's the harm in it?

Author:
GEORGE Mike
Journal article citation:
Care and Health Magazine, 57, 2004, pp.42-43.
Publisher:
Care and Health

Reviews the facts behind self harm.

Journal article

The Disability Discrimination Act: failing people with mental health problems? Part 1

Author:
PATRICK Hilary
Journal article citation:
SCOLAG Journal, 296, June 2002, pp.101-104.
Publisher:
ScoLAG(Scottish Legal Action Group)

Looks at the problems of implementing the Act for people with mental health problems. Focuses on the difficulties faced by people with mental health problems to qualify for protection under the Act.

Journal article

The consequences of official labels: an examination of the rights lost by the mentally ill and mentally incompetent ten years later

Authors:
HEMMENS Craig, et al
Journal article citation:
Community Mental Health Journal, 38(2), April 2002, pp.129-140.
Publisher:
Springer

This American study presents a survey of state statutes which restrict the civil rights of persons with a mental illness or who have been declared mentally incompetent. Five civil rights (jury service), voting, holding public office, marriage, and parenting) are examined. The results of the 1999 study are compared with the results of a 1989 study, to reveal any trends in the restriction of the civil rights of those suffering from mental problems. This comparison reveals that states continue to restrict the rights of the mentally ill and incompetent, and that there is a trend toward increased restriction of the familial rights of marriage and parenting.

Journal article

Tribune group

Author:
SPENCER John
Journal article citation:
Health Service Journal, 23.9.99, 1999, p.28.
Publisher:
Emap Healthcare

Explains how the right of psychiatric patients to challenge their detention through a tribunal provides challenges for managers and clinicians.

Journal article

Welfare rights: tackling poverty can boost mental health

Author:
BATEMAN Neil
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 4.2.99, 1999, p.27.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Spells out the importance of helping people with mental health problems to get all the state benefits and financial help they are entitled to.

Journal article

Linking up

Author:
BERESFORD Peter
Journal article citation:
Open Mind, 62, April 1993, p.21.
Publisher:
MIND

Calls for the psychiatric survivors' movement to consider its relation within the broader disability movement.

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