ADVOCACY can happen on a one to one basis as well as collectively. With one to one advocacy an advocate will help an individual to find out about their rights, ensure their voice is heard and support them to make informed decisions and choices. Collective or group advocacy is about a group of people with a shared agenda coming together to lobby, campaign and influence legislation, policy, practice and services.
CO-PRODUCTION is a process of discussion and agreement through an equal and reciprocal partnership between people delivering and people accessing services. This is done in a way that draws on the knowledge, skills and resources of all.
DUTY BEARERS are the individuals and institutions responsible for protecting, respecting and fulfilling rights, for example the Scottish Government and public/ statutory bodies.
FULFILLING RIGHTS means taking active steps to put in place the necessary laws, policies, institutions, procedures and resources to enable people to enjoy their rights.
IMPUNITY means being exempt from punishment or immune to detrimental effects.
PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: We recognise that it is both contested and controversial to include people with experience of mental health issues in the definition of ‘people with disabilities’ and that not all people with experience of mental health issues self-identify as disabled. We include people with experience of mental health issues in the definition of ‘persons with disabilities’ following the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which, in Article 1, states: “Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.” The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has clearly stated that the CRPD applies to people with experience of mental health issues.
PEOPLE AFFECTED BY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES: By this we mean people with experience of mental health issues and those family and friends who care for them. We recognise that people may self-identify using different terminology to ‘person with experience of mental health issues’ and that there are a number of different collective terms for people with experience of mental health issues.
PROTECTING RIGHTS means not allowing others to interfere with the enjoyment of rights.
RESPECTING RIGHTS means not interfering with the enjoyment of rights.
RIGHTS FOR LIFE STEERING GROUP: At the time of the launch of the Rights for Life Declaration, the members of the Steering Group included Mental Health Network (Greater Glasgow), Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance, Scottish Human Rights Commission, Scottish Recovery Network, See Me and Voices Of
SUBSTITUTE DECISION-MAKING is when decisions are made on someone’s behalf, without their involvement or consent being required.
SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING is when someone is supported to participate and/ or make decisions in a free, meaningful and active way, without any discrimination, undue influence or manipulation.