Ethics – mental health and human rights

Ethics – mental health and human rights

A variety of articles and links. The field is quite broad, so there is a range from ethics in social work/field working up to ethics in more specific mental health and treatment within general medicine and psychiatry/psychology. 


Guidelines on Human Rights Education: For Health Workers
OSCE, 2013
In the 1991 Moscow Document the OSCE participating States agreed that they will “encourage their competent authorities responsible for education programmes to design effective human rights related curricula and courses for students at all levels, particularly (…) students (…) attending public service schools.” These guidelines aim to support systemic and effective human rights education for health workers, and especially those who study to become health professionals or already carry out that important work.

Human Rights Based Approach: A Self-Assessment Tool 
Scottish Human Rights Commission, 2018
This tool is based on the PANEL principles (Participation, Accountability, Nondiscrimination, Empowerment and Legality) which form the basis of a human rights based approach. It is intended to help organisations assess their work and identify priorities for improvement towards embedding a human rights based approach.

”Do No Harm” – Training Materials
CDA 2016
The CDA has developed some training materials, aiming to sensitize helpers in “Do No Harm“. This training was the result of projects to learn more about the assistance given in conflict settings (often used and misused to pursue political or military advantage). You can download hand- and workbooks, trainers package etc.

Ethics in psychosocial interventions
Kurpad, 2018

It is important for health professionals to have an ethical framework to help make decisions regarding psychosocial interventions in patients with addictive disorders. As patients with addictive disorders are vulnerable to unethical actions in the name of treatment, therapists need to aware of their role in delivering ethical care – not just in their own clinical practice but in the setting in which they deliver the interventions. This article aims to sensitize the health professional to the various areas in which ethical challenges may arise.

Power and ethics in psychosocial counselling: reflections on the experience of an international NGO providing services for Iraqi refugees in Jordan 
Gilbert 2009
This paper reflects on some of the moral dilemmas inherent in the provision of counselling for Iraqi refugees by highlighting the day-to-day experiences of psychosocial counsellors employed by an international nongovernmental organization (INGO) in Jordan.

Journal of Ethics in Mental Health
This is an “international, peer-reviewed, web-based journal, available free online, worldwide. It aims at providing a useful forum for sharing ideas and experiences among all who are committed to improving ethical standards, behaviours, and choices in mental health caregiving”.

Ethics in Mental Health Research
This website aims to provide with resources for teaching, studying, investigating ethical issues in mental health research. Collaboration at Saint Louis Univ., Missouri Inst. of Mental Health, Nat. Inst. of Health, and the Nat. Inst. of Mental Health.

‘Stop Stealing Our Stories’: The Ethics of Research with Vulnerable Groups
Eileen Pittaway, Linda Bartolomei, Richard Hugman 2010

The article discusses the challenges and opportunities faced when integrating participatory methods into human rights-based research. It describes the development of a participatory action research approach designed to fulfil the aim of undertaking advocacy-focused research grounded in human rights and community participation.

Aiding torture
Physicians for Human Rights, 2009

Health professionals` ethics and human rights violations, revealed in May 2004, CIA inspector generals report. “Physicians for Human Rights” is discussing in this article (8 p.) the CIA report (released in 2009) about the role health professionals played in the CIA`s torture program and the level of ethical misconduct.

Ethics, Human Rights and Globalization
Univ. of Tübingen/Germany,  2002

Second global ethic lecture, held by Mary Robinson, UN High Comm. For Human Rights at that time. –

Compendium of United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice
UN 2006

The United Nations released in this Compendium some basic principles, see here in particular article 16 – “Principles of Medical Ethics relevant to the role of health personnel….”