Far be it from me –

A Thousand Small Indignities 

on February 16, 2016


I’m writing this piece to illustrate how quickly a person can be dehumanised if they are denied their basic human rights and how difficult it can be to get redress in law if you have a mental illness.

The Human Rights Act is a UK law passed in 1998, it means that a person can defend his/her rights in the UK courts and that public organisations including mental health hospitals must treat everyone “equally, with fairness, dignity and respect”.

As someone whose human rights were abused in the name of mental health care I have found it impossible to defend my rights in law as the organisations that exist to uphold my rights such as PALS do not want to know about individual suffering and appear to exist purely for damage limitation.

As I have described in my blog, the staff at the hospital where I was detained under Section…

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