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Breaking The Chains: Human Rights and Global Mental Health

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Join the Edinburgh Global Mental Health Academic Network and Dr Erminia Colucci, director, and panellists for the screening of 'Breaking The Chains: Human Rights Abuses of the Mentally Ill'

Breaking The Chains is an ethnographic documentary that examines the use of physical restraint and confinement of persons' experiencing mental illness in Indonesia, a practice known as pasung. The film explores the narratives underlying this practice and identifies the social and political issues that need to be overcome in order to challenge this form of human rights abuse, which is prevalent in many low- and middle- income countries. Indonesia has been a unique example of a country that developed a national programme to locate and free victims of pasung (the Bebas Pasung, Free from Pasung programme) and ensure they receive appropriate care and treatment.

Following the screening of the film, members of the panel will join the audience in discussing the issues raised in this documentary.

Film-maker, Dr Erminia Colucci, PhD, Senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Middlesex. Dr Colucci is the chair of the International Association for Suicide Prevention SIG in Culture and Suicidal Behaviour, Chair of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry SIG on Arts, Media and Mental Health and founder of Movie-ment (https://movie-ment.org) and Aperture, the first Asia-Pacific ethnographic documentary festival.

Panellists include:

Dr. Neil Quinn - Reader in Social Work and Social Policy, and Co-Director of the Strathclyde University's Centre for Health Policy. Neil has a specific interest in global public health and social welfare policy and has expertise in social work, health and human rights. His human rights work focuses on migration, mental health, homelessness and looked after children.

Professor Jill Stavert - Professor of Law, Napier University. Professor Stavert's area of interests include international, european and national human rights law and mental health. Jill works with a number of public and voluntary sector organisations and and regulatory bodies in the field of mental health, incapacity and human rights. She is founder and Director of the Centre for Mental Health and Capacity Law at Napier University.

Carol Tibi-Opi - Carol has experience working with community services that support people experiencing mental health and addiction issues including linking with recovery and health services in the community.

This seminar will be chaired by Dr Selena Gleadow Ware, perinatal psychiatrist and global mental health tutor, University of Edinburgh, who has experience working in a low- income country (Malawi) and an interest in the human rights of person's experiencing mental ill-health and volunteers with the Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project (SMMHEP).


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