Further Reading/Examples of Good Global Practice

Good Practice & Positive Outcomes in relation to Human Rights-Based Approaches; Further Reading/Useful links:

(Includes info on Open Dialogue; Link House)

  • Medication-Free Treatment in Norway – A Private Hospital Takes Center Stage:



  • Link House:


Open Dialogue:



“ODDESSI (Open Dialogue: Development and Evaluation of a Social Network Intervention for Severe Mental Illness) is a large-scale programme of research into crisis and continuing mental health care within the NHS. This programme is directed by Professor Stephen Pilling (UCL), funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and managed by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and includes Open Dialogue and research teams in five NHS Trust research sites” Find out more here:



Open Dialogue as a Human Rights-Aligned Approach: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00387/full

Health and Social Care Academy research reporting drawing together existing evidence on the Open Dialogue approach, ‘Emphasising Humanity: Open Dialogue’ : https://www.alliance-scotland.org.uk/blog/resources/emphasising-humanity-open-dialogue/

Diagnostic Alternative:

The Power Threat Meaning Framework: An Alternative Nondiagnostic Conceptual System – Lucy Johnstone and Mary Boylehttps://the-growing-heart.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/power-threat-meaning-framework-intro-2018.pdf


Reading Resources – Legal background to Human Rights and current developments in Scotland (position as at 31st January 2022 – check back for updates)

International Human Rights Conventions

International Conventions relevant to Human Rights in general/mental health (key elements incorporated into UK wide/Scottish Law*):

International Conventions relevant to Human Rights and Disability/mental health (NOT currently incorporated in UK wide/Scottish Law**):

Domestic Human Rights Law

Domestic Law relevant to Human Rights in general/mental health:

Key Domestic Law relevant to Human Rights in mental health as derived from/subject to the Human Rights Act 1998:

  • Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
  • Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
  • Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007

Ongoing Scottish Government commissioned Human Rights Law Reviews – a move towards a Human Rights Based Approach in Human Rights in general/mental health

Ongoing Scottish Government commissioned Mental Health Law Reviews – a move towards a Human Rights Based Approach in Human Rights in mental health

Scottish Review of Mental Health Legislation paying heed to the outcomes from the Scottish Review of Human Rights Law in General (previous)

  • Overhaul of Mental Health Legislation to be derived from new Human Rights Legislation
  • Scottish Mental Health Law Review committees (“the Scott Report”) to publish recommendations September 2022 https://www.mentalhealthlawreview.scot/about

Other useful online resources