1. Introduction

  1. Felicity Callard1,
  2. Norman Sartorius2,
  3. Julio Arboleda-Flórez3,
  4. Peter Bartlett4,
  5. Hanfried Helmchen5,
  6. Heather Stuart3,
  7. Jose Taborda6 and
  8. Graham Thornicroft1

Published Online: 17 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119945352.ch1

Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice

Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice

How to Cite

Callard, F., Sartorius, N., Arboleda-Flórez, J., Bartlett, P., Helmchen, H., Stuart, H., Taborda, J. and Thornicroft, G. (2012) Introduction, in Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119945352.ch1

Author Information

  1. 1

    Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK

  2. 2

    Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland

  3. 3

    Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

  4. 4

    School of Law and Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

  5. 5

    Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Germany

  6. 6

    Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953548

Online ISBN: 9781119945352



  • law, in the fight for social justice;
  • mental health problems, discrimination and abuse;
  • legislation ‘symbolic and authoritative power’;
  • CRPD, addressing discrimination, on grounds of disability;
  • legislation, in advancing rights and entitlements of people;
  • non-discriminatory approach, as a lived experience for all;
  • political and legal advocacy, on behalf of mental health;
  • upholding of human rights, equality of opportunity;
  • AIMHP, protecting people with mental health;
  • legislative actions, that combat discrimination, abuse


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Using the law in the fight for social justice

  • Whom are we addressing?

  • The history of this book

  • How the book has been organised

  • Terms used to describe mental health problems

  • Our authorial voice(s)

  • References