MH Rights - Integrated Program for the Promotion of Human Rights of People with Mental Disorders (EEA Grants Active Citizens Fund 2018-2024) EN

May 1st, 2019

The Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health was awarded with funding from the EEA Grants’ Active Citizens Fund 2018-2024 for the project MH Rights - Integrated Program for the Promotion of Human Rights of People with Mental Disorders.

The project aims to promote the human rights of people with mental disorders/psychosocial disability in Portugal and to fight discrimination against these people.

To achieve these objectives, the following activities will be developed:

- Obtaining up-to-date information on mental health, human rights and discrimination in Portugal through three studies (on stigma, human rights violations of people with mental illness, and compulsory internment in Portugal);

- Review of the literature on the most effective ways of defending the rights of people with mental illness;

- Awareness campaigns by Portuguese society for this theme, including a film festival on mental health and human rights, an International Symposium on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and a social inclusion initiative for people with mental illness through sport;

- Mental health and human rights training and empowerment of people with mental illness and family (including training actions tailored to the needs of four groups - persons with mental disorders and family members, health and social sector professionals, municipalities, and young people).

- Involvement of young university students in advocacy.

- Support to the implementation of mental health policies and legislation in Portugal.

Project partners include:

- Users and family members organizations (Rede Nacional de Pessoas com Experiência de Doença Mental, Familiarmente)

- NGOs (FNERDM, ARIA, Recomeço, GAC, Gira)

- Directorate General of Health (Programa Nacional de Saúde Mental)

- Municipalities (Lisbon and Loures)

- Students’ Associations (AEFCM)

- University of Oslo, Norway

The EEA Grants Active Citizens Fund 2018-2024 is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

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