8. Social Security and Social Protection

  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.ch8

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) Social Security and Social Protection, in Mental Illness, Discrimination and the Law: Fighting for Social Justice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119945352.ch8

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



  • rights-based welfare programmes;
  • social injustice;
  • social protection;
  • social responsibility;
  • social rights;
  • social security;
  • social welfare legislation;
  • UN CRPD Article 28;
  • welfare statute


A past focus on anti-discrimination legislation has tended to overshadow attempts to develop progressive social protection/social security legislation. There is growing interest about how to build up rights-based welfare and social protection legislation that departs from older, ‘charity’ or ‘compensation’ based models. Such rights-based legislation is regarded as increasingly indispensable in attempts to address the deep structural barriers (to employment, to adequate control over one's social and economic relationships) that people with mental health problems face. Social security and social protection legislation can, if designed and implemented well, offer a powerful social and economic tool for development. We emphasise the need for transparent regulatory mechanisms (to govern the relationship between government, service providers and service users) and appropriate rights-based standards and funding mechanisms. National disability policies can help support legislative approaches in attempting to ensure that social security measures for people with disabilities facilitate a reasonable quality of living.