Mental Capacity

The Government's Pledge to Give Mental Health 'Parity of Esteem' Means That the Law Needs to Change

Gregory Smith | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Gregory Smith

Parity of esteem is a good slogan. Reforming the law to give people with capacity the right to refuse compulsive treatment for mental illness, even though doing so might make their own health worse, will be a key test of whether the government is serious about making parity happen. Change will take time, but the government must start thinking about whether it wants parity in practice, or is content for it to remain just a good sound-bite.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Rita Pal | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Fasting has been common throughout history . It is the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. It is often used as a method of non-violent resistance to effect political change. Famous fasts include the forty hour fast by World Vision to bring awareness to poverty and hunger around the world. Mohandas K. Gandhi conducted several prolonged fasts as effective political and social protests.