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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement$
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Helen Spandler, Helen Spandler, Jill Anderson, and Bob Sapey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447314578

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.001.0001

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UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: out of the frying pan into the fire? Mental health service users and survivors aligning with the disability movement

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: out of the frying pan into the fire? Mental health service users and survivors aligning with the disability movement

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(p.183) Thirteen UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: out of the frying pan into the fire? Mental health service users and survivors aligning with the disability movement
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Madness, distress and the politics of disablement
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Anne Plumb

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447314578.003.0014

This chapter focuses on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), and questions whether mental health service-users and survivors are best served by becoming subsumed within a broader disability movement. It considers some limitations of the social model of disability and identifies some aspects of mental health service users’ and survivors’ experience which set them apart from people with physical impairments/disabilities and yet are central to the CRPD: issues relating to autonomy (self-determination) and responsibility. The author draws on her own experience as a long standing ally of the disabled people's movement and an activist in the survivor movement in the UK, s well as her specific ‘extra/non-ordinary experiences’ (what psychiatry calls religious psychosis), depression and suicidality. The chapter concludes that mental health service users and survivors need their own Convention of Rights, complementary to the UNCRPD.

Keywords:   mental health, survivors, disability, social model of disability, impairment, autonomy, religious psychosis, depression, suicidality

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