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The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health Joins a Panel Discussion on Mental Health


The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Disability Rights International welcome the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Dainius Puras, as he launches his report on mental health as part of a panel discussion on October 26.

Puras, a psychiatrist in Lithuania, recently issued his report proposing a shift in paradigm for addressing mental health. The report suggests moving from a biomedical approach to a focus on the preconditions of poor mental health, psychosocial interventions, empowering users of mental health services, and redressing power asymmetries, including an end to coercive practices.

The panel discussion kicks off a day of events marking the O’Neill Institute's 10th Anniversary.

WHAT:
A Rights-based Approach to Mental Health: Panel Discussion

WHEN:
Thursday, October 26, 2017; 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
129 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

This even will be live streamed here.

WHO:
Dainius Puras, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health
Eric Rosenthal, Executive Director, Disability Rights International
Ira Burnim, Legal Director, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Sofia Galvan, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Lawrence O. Gostin (moderator) Faculty Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

RSVP here to attend.