Mental Health and Rights
The Open Society Foundations work to ensure that people with intellectual disabilities or who experience mental health challenges can live free of discrimination and stigma.
Our Approach to Mental Health Isn’t Working
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.
“Rogues” and “Vagabonds” No More: Ending Africa’s Imperial Legacy of Absurd Petty Offenses
Archaic colonial era laws originally imposed to control local populations still endure in Africa, allowing police to harass and arrest people who have done nothing wrong.
Zambia Is Pioneering a New Approach to Criminal Justice for People with Disabilities
Once in the system, people with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities can remain trapped forever. Now, a coalition of advocates is altering the landscape.
Long Ignored in Global Development, Mental Illness Is Declared a Top Priority
In a major shift with far-reaching implications, two global institutions acknowledged the impact of mental illness on issues like poverty and economic growth.
Social Workers in Kyrgyzstan Fight for Respect
In a country reeling from health, migration, and economic crises, the professionals who work to hold families and communities together are shockingly undervalued.
Open Society Scholars Bring Mental Health Services to Afghanistan
A group of Open Society scholarship recipients trained in mental health counseling are transporting those skills to Afghanistan, a place where counseling doesn’t exist.
Drug Users Burned by the System in Peru
Recent fatal fires inside two drug detention centers in Peru shine a light on abusive practices and unjust detention of people in need of medical services, including those with intellectual disabilities.
The Value of Freedom
A self-advocacy group for people with mental disabilities in Kyrgyzstan offers hope within a society that typically stigmatizes them.