Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy

We promote rights based approach to mental health policy and legislation and increase awareness about it amongst the stakeholders, including the general public. Our programs include an international diploma in mental health law in collaboration with WHO and a PhD program in Human Rights Law and Policy in collaboration with VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Diploma

International Diploma in Mental Health, Human Rights and Law

PhD

International PhD Programme in Human Rights, Law & Plocy regarding Health

About CMHLP

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) of which India is a ratified member, will come into force in many countries in the coming months. As part of the UNCRPD, one of the aims is to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities in all policies and programmes and to adopt legislative practices that are non-discriminatory.

With the increasing number of countries undertaking reform of their mental health services and mental health laws, calls for a need to build on technical assistance and training in the field of mental health policy and legislation. The Centre views mental health legislation as a tool to achieve the goals of a mental health policy.

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Our Ambitions

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Promote
Promote rights based approach to mental health policy and legislation
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Undertake and Promote
Undertake and promote research in the area of mental health policy and legislation
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Awareness
Increase awareness about mental health policy and legislation issues amongst the stakeholders including the general public
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Advocate
Advocate for mental health policy and legislation which protects and promotes the rights of persons with mental disorders
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Sensitise
Sensitise the community, service provides and stakeholders to protecting and promoting the rights of persons with mental disorders

Our Activities

Our Activities
Teaching and Training
The centre will design and conduct long term (diploma and masters courses) as well as short term courses (certificate courses) for the target audience at National and International level. The International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights will be the flagship course of the Centre. The Centre will also develop and deliver short term courses for the target audience – for example, short term courses for the judiciary, police officers, and bureaucrats, international agencies, and Governmental and Non-Governmental Organisations.
Legal Aid and Advice
Technical Assistance
Specialist Technical Assistance, nationally and internationally, to Judiciary, International agencies including funding and service delivery agencies, Institutions and Governments in drafting and implementing mental health policy and legislation.
Set up a Library
Set up a Library with articles and books related to mental health policy and legislation
Research projects
Undertake Research projects in the field of mental health policy and legislation and also provide a base for national and international scholars wishing to undertake research in this area
Conduct Workshops
Conduct Workshops for the target audience on issues related to mental health policy and legislation.

Projects

WHO MiNDbank

CMHLP is a global partner on the WHO MiNDbank platform. MiNDBank is an online platform that aims to bring together countries and international resources, covering mental health, substance abuse, disability, general health, human rights and development.

WHO MiNDbank

ATMIYATA

This project is led by Dr. Kaustubh Joag (Research Fellow at CMHLP) along with Dr. Nandita Kapadia-Kundu (a lead researcher in Public Health and Community-based programs, training health workers and managing health awareness classes for women and children). This collaborators of the project include BAIF, a Pune based NGO and Trimbos Institute Netherlands.

ATMIYATA

QUALITYRIGHTS

CMHLP was also awarded a funding for 34 months by Grand Challenges Canada for another project entitled “Improving access to high quality treatment and rehabilitation services for people with mental disorders in India”. The project aims to bring about significant improvements in the quality of mental health services including improved skills, …

QUALITYRIGHTS

Collaboration