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Evaluation
Publication date: 
2017

As part of the QualityRights Initiative, WHO has developed a comprehensive package of training and guidance modules. The modules can be used to build capacity among mental health practitioners, people with psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities, people using mental health services, families, care partners and other supporters, NGOs, DPOs and others on how to implement a human rights and recovery approach in the area of mental health in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international human rights standards.

Core mental health and human rights modules

  • Understanding human rights
  • Promoting human rights in mental health
  • Improving mental health and related service environments and promoting community inclusion
  • Realising recovery and the right to health in mental health and related services
  • Protecting the right to legal capacity in mental health and related services
  • Creating mental health and related services free from coercion, violence and abuse

Advanced modules

  • Realising supported decision making and advance planning
  • Strategies to end the use of seclusion, restraint and other coercive practices
  • Promoting recovery in mental health and related services
  • Promoting recovery in mental health and related services: handbook for personal use and teaching

Service improvement tool

  • Implementing improvement plans for service charge

Core mental health and human rights modules

  • Providing individualized peer support in mental health and related areas
  • Creating peer support groups in mental health and related areas
  • Setting up and operating a civil society organization in mental health and related areas
  • Advocacy actions to promote human rights in mental health and related areas

Note that these materials have been published as pilot versions in order to allow their further review and piloting. Stakeholders are invited to comment within these documents, and the WHO will release a final publication in 2018.

The materials can be accessed at http://www.who.int/mental_health/policy/quality_rights/guidance_training_tools/en/


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Approach: 
Human rights
Empowerment and service user involvement
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
Disorder: 
All disorders
Setting: 
Community
Primary care
Specialist care
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Adults
Older adults
Families and carers
Minority populations
Humanitarian and conflict health
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Communicable diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB)
Disability
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