Joe's recommended internet viewing for World Mental Health Day / 9 October 2012
Article 21: Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information states parties shall take all appropriate measures to ensure that persons with disabilities can exercise the right to freedom of expression and opinion, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas on an equal basis with others and through all forms of communication of their choice, as defined in article 2 of the present Convention.
The quote above is from the United Nations official website referring to our Disability Rights. 'State parties' refers to the government and their agents. For me as a creative person, an artist and poet self-expression is fundamental to good health and well-being. Also important is access to important information so the individual can make informed choices about their care and welfare.
If information or knowledge is restricted then choice is also restricted. The danger that you only receive the official version and not receive the full picture is a potential hazard to our health and well being. Article 21 protects that right. Trouble is not everybody knows that or indeed their full human rights.
I’ve spent sometime on YouTube looking up important speakers and thinkers in Mental Health. This is not a finite list but merely a work in progress list. Do excuse me for including myself on the list.
So please put the cat out brew up a nice mug of tea and have a look at my recommended viewing list on Youtube. Happy viewing
Dr Pat Bracken’s talk in Denmark
John McCarthy [deceased] Mad Pride Ireland
Rufus May 'the doctor who hears voices'
Footsteps ‘the movie’
Daniel Mackler’s film exerts from ‘Take these broken Wings’
PS- Please feel free to contact me at art21crpd[at]gmail.com