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Human rights and mental health

Useful websites There is a wealth of material on the links between mental health and human rights issues on the web. The huge and rather daunting Department of Health website has an easily accessible, dedicated section with direct links to publications, statistics, training providers and research. There is an interesting section on the relationship between the Human Rights Act and specific social care issues, with brief case studies summarising legal cases brought under the Act. There is also a link to the information service on Human Rights run by the newly established NHS Litigation Authority, a potentially useful resource for professionals in this area. http://www.doh.gov.uk/humanrights/casestudies.htm The Scottish area of the British Association of Social Workers has some information on mental health and the law on its website, including a briefing on the current consultation on the mental health law research programme. This allows respondents to express their views about what research should be undertaken in the coming years. Follow the link to BASW Scotland. http://www.basw.co.uk The World Health Organisation has set up a division that provides technical assistance and support to countries introducing and implementing mental health laws, and there is a strong emphasis in the documentation upon http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Adult Protection Pier Professional

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