What are the Declaration and Change Agenda?

The Rights for Life Declaration is a statement of the rights that people affected by mental health issues in Scotland are calling for. Its aim is to help achieve transformational change to the way people affected by mental health issues enjoy their rights.

The Declaration reflects the principles and standards of international human rights agreements that bind the UK and Scotland. These include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is also guided by the rights-based PANEL principles of Participation, Accountability, Non-discrimination, Empowerment and Legality.

For more information about PANEL, visit the Scottish Human Rights Commission website.

The Rights for Life Change Agenda accompanies the Declaration. It is intended to generate action to deliver the progressive realisation of the rights of people with mental health issues in Scotland today.