Breaking the silence: creating a civil rights movement in mental health

SCIE Social Care Online
Publication date:
01 January 2008


This report is part of Rethink Rights, a three-year project campaigning for the rights of people with mental illness. It focuses on the question: how do we learn from previous civil rights movements and apply these lessons to severe mental illness? Disadvantaged groups, including women, minority ethnic groups and LGBT people have successfully campaigned for equal rights with the majority, but people with mental illness still face prejudice and discrimination in their daily lives.