When Mental Health meets Human Rights


Region Västra Götaland.

About the host/co-host

Region Västra Götaland is governed by democratically elected politicians and with just over 50,000 employees is one of Sweden’s biggest employers. It is tasked with offering good healthcare and dental care and providing the prerequisites for good public health, a rich cultural life, a good environment, jobs, research, education and good communications. All together, this all provide a foundation for sustainable growth in Västra Götaland. Together with its 49 municipalities, trade and industry, organisations and academia, Region Västra Götaland drives development with Västra Götaland’s best interests as its objective.The Committee for human rights was established in 2011 with the mission to support and to initiate a systematic work with human rights in the region. The committee is a unique initiative for Region Västra Götaland and has no counterpart in Sweden or in Europe. Region Västra Götaland is therefore often highlighted as a pioneer region when it comes to human rights. Together with psychosis care chain northeast in Gothenburg, the committee for human rights has since 2012 been developing a human rights based approach. One result from the work is the project “To come to one’s own right – empowerment psychiatry”, funded by the swedish general inheritance fund. Co-host: Mental Health Europe Mental Health Europe is a European non-governmental network organisation committed to the promotion of positive mental health, the prevention of mental distress, the improvement of care, advocacy for social inclusion and the protection of the rights for (ex)users of mental health services, people with psychosocial disabilities, their families and carers.


Gothenburg, Sweden

Theme of this match

This match aims at presenting what the international human rights landscape looks like and how the main requirements under the human rights instruments should be interpreted in relation to disability.

In the field of mental health, this means that we need to move from medicalised and coercive mental health services, to services that are community-based, person-centered and recovery-oriented. In this session we will exchange views on how such human rights-compliant services can be implemented in practice.

As an example of promising practice, the host – including persons with lived experience and peer support workers – will present how Sahlgrenska University Hospital has worked with the implementation of human rights in their activities through training of staff and empowerment of service users leading to equal relationships in the care provision and reduced use of coercion.

Participants will discuss how we provide a coherent, scientific, but humane and realistic vision for the future where we offer care rather than coercion, fight for social inclusion, justice and human rights, and where we establish the prerequisites for mental health and wellbeing for all.

Travel information

Travel Information IIMHL Matches Gothenburg

Maximum capacity

30 guests

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