Thursday, February 2, 2023

Tag: Dainius Pūras

WHO and the Sea Change in Mental Health: Interview with Michelle...

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MIA's Ana Florence interviews Michelle Funk about her leadership of the new WHO guidelines on rights-based mental health.

UN Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras: Biomedical Approach “Still Has an Important...

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In Pūras' new UN report, his use of biomedical language seems at odds with his message to move beyond the medicalization of distress.

Bringing Human Rights to Mental Health Care: An Interview with UN...

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MIA's Ana Florence interviews United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras about his own journey as a psychiatrist and the future of rights-based approaches to mental health.

Ready, Fire, Aim: Mainstream Psychiatry Reacts to the UN Special Rapporteur

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In a commissioned commentary, two psychiatrists assailed the Special Rapporteur’s "anti-psychiatry bias." Their commentary reads as a crude ad hominem attack on the Rapporteur himself in order to divert attention from his well-founded conclusions about mainstream psychiatry.

UN Expert Calls for Major Shift in Suicide Prevention Efforts on...

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On World Mental Health Day, UN expert Dainius Pūras calls for a shift away from medical solutions toward a rights-based approach to make life “more liveable.” He calls for states to address societal determinants of mental health, promoting autonomy and resilience.

UN Report Criticizes Biomedical Approach to Mental Health

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UN official writes that States should focus instead on resolving social inequality and injustice as determinants of health and human rights.

United Nations Report Calls for Revolution in Mental Health Care

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In a new report, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dr. Dainius Pūras, calls for a move away from the biomedical model and “excessive use of psychotropic medicines.”