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Stichting Mind Rights
Isolation Cells and Coercion in Psychiatry
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Coercion is the opposite of care.
Real mental health care is possible.
Stichting Mind Rights
|Stichting Mind Rights is a
Dutch organization driven by (ex-) users and survivors of psychiatry, actively advocating
against the use of isolation cells and coercion in psychiatry, and
actively involved in the development of supportive practices in
crisis-situations in the field of mental health.
Our initiative started around 2002/2003 as an informal Protest Group Against Isolation Cells and Coercion in Psychiatry, named: Actiegroep Tekeer tegen de isoleer!. In 2006, this campaign led to the founding of the official foundation: Stichting Mind Rights (NGO), based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, nr. 17198277.
The activities of Stichting Mind Rights are aimed at banning coercion from mental health care.
Stichting Mind Rights is officially registered as a non-governmental and non-profit organization in the Netherlands (ANBI, RSIN: 8172.51.261) and the main source of income for Stichting Mind Rights is by donations and occasional financial coverage for consultancy.
|Donations to Stichting
Mind Rights, based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, are very welcome.
IBAN : NL31 INGB 0002 7622 16 (BIC: INGBNL2A)
|For a detailed and full overview of activities of Stichting Mind Rights, see the Dutch website: www.mindrights.nl|
|Chair-person: Jolijn Santegoeds|
The Founder and Chair of Stichting Mind Rights
is Jolijn Santegoeds,
expert by lived experience.
Jolijn lives in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and is as a full-time volunteer for Stichting Mind Rights.
Jolijn Santegoeds, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jolijn Santegoeds is also:
Co chair of World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP) www.wnusp.net
Board member of European Network of (Ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP) www.enusp.org
|International activities, including for WNUSP and ENUSP, are reported in a travel-blog at www.punkertje.waarbenjij.nu|
|Tortured by psychiatry|
|In 2013/2014, an
alarming letter was sent to the Kingdom
of the Netherlands, by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel,
Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Mr. Juan E. Mendez) and the
Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest
Attainable Standard of Mental and Physical Health (Mr. Anand Grover). In
this letter these UN Special Rapporteurs express their worries about human
right violations in the Netherlands by the use of forced treatments in
psychiatry, in reference to the case of Jolijn Santegoeds.
Read the letter here: https://spdb.ohchr.org/hrdb/24th/public_-_AL_Netherlands_08.10.13_(2.2013).pdf
|Unfortunately, the Kingdom
of the Netherlands did not pick up this signal yet.
Read the response by the Kingdom of the Netherlands here: https://spdb.ohchr.org/hrdb/24th/Netherlands_05.12.13_(2.2013).pdf
|You can also read the detailed personal testimony of Jolijn Santegoeds on her horrible experiences of forced psychiatric interventions:|
|* Personal Testimony: 16 years old, depressed and tortured in psychiatry|
|* My Freedom to Walk Away from Coercive Psychiatry (Page 14-17 FEANTSA magazine Homeless in Europe)|
|For more information on human rights
violations by forced psychiatric interventions, see these
|* A/HRC/22/53 Report: Torture in health care settings - by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2013, PDF)|
|* CRPD Committee's General Comment No.1 on CRPD article 12, Equal recognition before the law (2014, PDF)|
|* CRPD Committee's Guidelines on Article 14 (September 2015) at CRPD Committee's website|
Statement by two UN Special Rapporteurs on World Mental Health Day, October
Dignity must prevail - An appeal to do away with non-consensual psychiatric treatment
|Recent publications by Stichting Mind Rights:|
|* NGO-submission for UN CAT-review: Torture and ill-treatment in mental health care in the Netherlands (2013)|
|The Eindhoven Model to avoid forced psychiatric interventions, based on Family Group Conferencing:|
|* Eindhoven Model: Family Group Conferencing to prevent forced psychiatric interventions (summary)|
|* Experience based development of the Eindhoven Model, an alternative to forced psychiatric interventions (full article PDF)|
|Information on some previous activities of Stichting Mind Rights (up to 2009) can be found here.|
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