The theme for this year’s WMHD is ‘Mental health is a universal human right’ calling for everyone to have the right to be protected from mental health risks, the right to accessible, acceptable, and good quality care, and the right to freedom, independence and inclusion in the community.
Central to the concept of human rights is that these are rights that cannot be taken away and are protected by law. However human rights are often restricted and, in the case of mental health, this can be in subtle ways that are embedded in our societal fabric and are not always questioned.
One of the aims of the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health is to improve our understanding of how socio-economic contexts influence mental health and to use this knowledge to challenge the status-quo and bring us nearer to making mental health a universal human right.
We work with the most vulnerable groups in our society to produce research that is done in partnership with the voices that matter so we can help create impact within our communities, schools, services and policy.
In this news story we summarise some of the key insights from our research that we hope can bring us nearer to making mental health a universal human right.