Mental Health and Justice: A case study of power and restoration

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Author(s): Gunjan Sharma and Theo Gavrielides

To cite this article: Sharma, G., & Gavrielides, T. (2020). “Mental Health and Justice: A case study of power and restoration”, Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, ISSN (online): 2056-2985.



Power has been synonymous with psychiatry for the past century; from the rise of asylums in the 1900s to coercion in the community in the late 2000s, the mental health system reflects the injustices of our society. This paper explores the types of power imbalances that exist in mental health services, offering insights from patients, families, staff and policy makers. It then goes on to explore how the concept of power can be used as a driver for change, offering stories of hope and justice that aim to re-balance the dominance of psychiatry and place power back in the hands of the patient.

Keywords: Mental health, Justice, Case study, Power, Restoration

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