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Human rights in mental health.

Macpherson, Scott; Warrender, Dan



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)
Pages 173-186
Series Title Mental health: substance abuse
Book Title Ethics in mental health: substance use
Chapter Number Chapter 13
ISBN 9781351773560; 9781138672499
Keywords Human rights; Mental health; Patient rights; Dehumanisation; Mental capacity
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