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THE MENTAL HEALTH RIGHTS MANUAL: An online guide to the legal and human rights of people navigating the mental health and human service systems in NSW (4th Edition) 2015

The Mental Health Coordinating Council is pleased to present the MENTAL HEALTH RIGHTS MANUAL: An online guide to the legal and human rights of people navigating the mental health and human service systems in NSW (4th Edition) 2015. This online resource extensively builds on the 3rd Edition, published in 2010 and two earlier publications, the first of which was launched in 1995. The Manual incorporates the latest legislative reform and describes the mental health and human services environment.

Written in plain English, the Manual is an invaluable readily accessible resource, bringing together vital information crucial to anyone having to navigate the mental health system, enabling them to become acquainted with their rights, the legal and service system, and access support and guidance.

Every person with lived experience of a mental health condition should have the right to exercise all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights as recognised in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Universal Declaration). The Universal Declaration is an international document that states basic rights and fundamental freedoms to which all human beings are entitled, which was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1948, and to which Australia is a signatory.

The Universal Declaration begins by recognising that ‘the inherent dignity of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world’. It also declares that human rights are universal – to be enjoyed by all people, no matter who they are or where they live, as well as including civil and political rights, like the right to life, liberty, free speech and privacy. It also includes economic, social and cultural rights, like the right to social security, health and education.

A key objective of this Manual is to provide a resource which covers many of the areas which may at some time or other be of concern to people with mental health conditions, their carers and families, and the workforce that supports them that they can access in one place.

MHCC anticipate that the Manual will continue to assist people understand their rights and support them to advocate on behalf of themselves and others.

 DISCLAIMER

  • The legal and other information contained in this Section is up to date to 31 August 2015
  • This Manual only refers to the law and practices applying to the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) - unless it states otherwise.
  • MHCC does not guarantee the accuracy nor is responsible for the content or the currency of the content of external documents and websites linked to this Manual.