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Human rights in mental health.

Macpherson, Scott; Warrender, Dan


Scott Macpherson


David B. Cooper


Human Rights are the fundamental rights and freedoms that belong to everyone, everywhere throughout their lifespan, by virtue of being human. They apply regardless of a person’s thoughts, beliefs or behaviours and cannot be permanently removed... though there are some circumstances under which they can be restricted, including when a person commits a crime or when they are detained under mental health legislation.


MACPHERSON, S. and WARRENDER, D. 2017. Human rights in mental health. In Cooper, D.B. (ed.) Ethics in mental health: substance use. Abingdon: Routledge [online], chapter 13. Available from:

Online Publication Date May 3, 2017
Publication Date May 10, 2017
Deposit Date Oct 29, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 29, 2018
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Series Title Mental health: substance abuse
Book Title Ethics in mental health: substance use
Chapter Number Chapter 13
ISBN 9781138672499
Keywords Human rights; Mental health; Patient rights; Dehumanisation; Mental capacity
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