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 Stichting Mind Rights
(NGO/DPO) The Netherlands


 Against Isolation Cells and Coercion in Psychiatry
for Human Rights and Respectful Mental Health Care 





Official websites of Stichting Mind Rights:








Other Links:

European Network of (Ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP)

World Network of Users and Survivors of psychiatry (WNUSP)

Pan African Network of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities (PANUSP)














Useful links:

United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)








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.

The aims of Stichting Mind Rights are:
a. to promote human rights and respectful care and equal participation in the community for persons who have (had) experiences with mental health care.
b. to oppose the use of coercion, means of coercion and coercive measures in all aspects of mental health care.
c. to promote the use of supportive treatment-alternatives instead of coercion and repression, and to promote the use of involvement of users and the use of expertise by lived experience in all aspects of mental health care.
d. to promote knowledge, information and education with regard to all aspects of mental health care, and with regard to policy making, social and cultural developments nd globalization in direct relation to care.
e. improvement of the overall quality of mental health care from a user perspective
f. to do all further acts that are stimulating or related to the above mentioned aims.

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:
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, 

Jolijn Santegoeds is also:

Co chair of World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP)
Board member of
European Network of (Ex-) Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP)
International activities, including for WNUSP and ENUSP, are reported in a travel-blog at
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:
Unfortunately, the Kingdom of the Netherlands did not pick up this signal yet.
Read the response by the Kingdom of the Netherlands here:
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 2015:
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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