UN Calls for Human Rights-Based Approach to Suicide Prevention


From Psychiatry Advisor: “On World Mental Health Day, the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on the right to health, Dr. Dainius Pūras, recommended that states adopt human rights-based strategies for preventing suicide, according to a statement issued by the UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner on October 10, 2019.

. . . The special rapporteur wrote, ‘A focus on locating problems and solutions within individuals obscures the need to address the structural factors that make lives unliveable.’

While there has been a push for mental health screening and early detection, evidence does not support this approach to suicide prevention in at-risk individuals. Identifying individuals with depression and treating them with antidepressants has not been shown to reduce suicide risk either. In general, the UN statement was highly critical of pharmacologic approaches as well as coercive interventions.

‘A human-rights approach to suicide goes beyond a focus on mental health concerns and places problems of inequality, homelessness, poverty, and discrimination at the heart of prevention strategies,’ stated the special rapporteur. In addition, governments could examine and attempt to alleviate social and familial issues, including economic deprivation, isolation, exposure to violence and abuse, and poor access to healthcare and social support.

The statement also emphasized continuity of care in the community, such as peer support groups, peer crisis respites, neighbors supporting veterans, parenting support, educational support, employment training, and school-based inclusion programs.”

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  1. In other words, the UN calls for taking substantial and meaningful action to eliminate or greatly ameliorate the social causes of human suffering on World Mental Health day while the unwashed masses in the west demand their right to more medicalized mental health care so they can be happy while the world burns down around them. Sounds about right.

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  2. With a Prime Minister who is basically dismantling any human rights in the country, and telling us that we need to be “independent” of International interference (globalists) I can’t really hear what it is that’s being said here.

    The UN wants us to what? I mean we did rewrite the Mental Health Acts when it was pointed out that they were a violation of human rights and the treatments may constitute torture (but lets not mention we made them easier to abuse human rights and enabled the widespread use of torture in the process, it did invalidate the UNs statement). What next? They will be wanting to undermine our Euthanasia Acts for “lives unworthy of living” and we will need to spend how much on adequate aged/disability care? And where oh where do they think that sort of money is coming from? Do the math folks,

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  3. “. . . The special rapporteur wrote, ‘A focus on locating problems and solutions within individuals obscures the need to address the structural factors that make lives unliveable.’” How many times must this be told to the DSM “bible” thumpers?

    The “mental health” field’s belief that suicides, and all distress, are caused by “lifelong, incurable, genetic,” unprovable, “invalid,” “bulls-t,” brain diseases, as opposed to real life problems, is an insane belief system.

    No, “mental health” lunatics, distress caused by 9/11/2001 is distress caused by a distressing event, not distress caused by a disease in my brain alone. How incredibly insane can the “mental health” workers be?

    It still amazes me that all the “mental health” workers, could collectively go off believing such an insanely delusional belief system. And what’s sad is the “mental health” workers seem incapable of overcoming their insanely delusional DSM belief system. Despite the fact, their “bible” was debunked long ago.

    Flush your DSM “bibles” already. You’re “bible” is a description of the iatrogenic illnesses that can be created with the psychiatric drugs, plus a medicalization of all human emotions. Your DSM “bible” is the basis of a satanic, human sacrificing religion, and that is the theology of today’s so called “mental health professionals.”

    Our “mental health” workers should return to an understanding that “all people are created as equal,” instead. How anti-American can you people be? And some of us, who you’ve misdiagnosed and defamed, are even smarter than all of you.

    Since we know the ADHD drugs and antidepressants create the “bipolar” symptoms. And we know the neuroleptics can create the negative symptoms of “schizophrenia,” via neuroleptic induced deficit syndrome. And the antidepressants and/or antipsychotics can create the positive symptoms of “schizophrenia,” via anticholinergic toxidrome. Perhaps, to be called a “professional,” you should be required to know something about the adverse effects of the drugs you prescribe?

    I agree, human rights approaches are needed for all suicidal people, and for all merely legitimately distressed individuals, as well. Both psychiatry and psychology have failed us, and both should get out of the child abuse and rape covering up business as well.


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