Madness and Human Rights: Ideas about the Past and Future of Mental Health Treatment
The Open Society Public Health Program hosts an evening event with John Trainor in honor of his years of service on the Public Health Program Advisory Board.
The event features a presentation by John Trainor on his work examining how society reacts to the phenomenon of mental illness and the impact of that reaction on how people with mental illness are treated. He looks at examples from the past, reflect on how social acceptance and treatment have changed, and makes suggestions for the future of mental health care.
Until November 2021, Jonathan Cohen was the director of the Open Society Public Health Program.
Joanna N. Erdman is chair of the Public Health Program Advisory Board and Women’s Rights Program Advisory Board.
Until March 2019, Judith Klein was a senior adviser to the Open Society Public Health Program.
John Trainor is a member of the Public Health Program Advisory Board.
Building the Future of Mental Health Care
John Trainor discusses how learning from society’s past reactions to mental illness can lead to better strategies going forward.
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Viewing mental illness as a biological disease of the brain—inevitable, incurable, genetic—is not only wrong on scientific grounds, but neglects the experiences of the best authorities on people’s mental health: themselves.
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