Mental Health Reform hosted open forums to look at the lived experience of psychosocial disability under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

What is the UNCRPD?

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is a United Nations document that sets out a series of rights and principles. Governments (States) must take steps to ensure that people can access and exercise the rights listed in the Convention. Further information can be found here.

Ireland adopted the Convention in 2018. This means that Ireland has made a commitment to protect and promote the rights of disabled people. Ireland must also report and be monitored on how well it is implementing the Convention, and in 2021 Ireland will submit its first report.

Our Work

On Thursday 01st and Thursday 08th July, 2021, we hosted online training as part of our work on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

We were delighted to be joined by Peter Kearns, a lecturer in Disability Studies in National University of Ireland, Galway for 2x training sessions as part of our ongoing UNCRPD work. The training was an introduction to disability equality, with a focus on the lived experience of disability.


We held 3 consultations and an information webinar on the UNCRPD in March 2021. 

We were joined by the public to discuss health, access to justice, work and employment, awareness raising, and other issues. The experiences we collected during these consultations were used to build a strong Mental Health Reform submission to the Initial State Report on the UNCRPD.

You can read our full presentation by clicking the Information Webinar button, and you can read our submission by clicking the Our Submission button below.

We would like to sincerely thank everyone who shared their experience of living with psychosocial disability in Ireland during these forums.

If you would like further information on our work on the UNCRPD, please contact Elisa O’Donovan at to get involved.


Mental Health Reform are a funded member of the newly established Disability Participation and Consultation Network (DPCN).This Network has been established to ensure that persons with disabilities have input into making policy and laws in Ireland. Inclusion Ireland is leading the development of the Network, in partnership with AsIAm, the Coalition of Disabled Person’s Organisations, Disability Federation Ireland, and Mental Health Reform. 

A first task for the DPCN was to carry out consultation on the Initial State Report under the UCRPD.

DPCN Response to Ireland’s Draft State Report under the UNCRPD

Consultations were held in March to give DPCN members an opportunity to have their say on the State’s Draft Report under the UNCRPD. Following the consultations a Report was written and submitted to the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY). 

The full Report, an Easy to Read version of the Report, and a video with sign language interpretation and captions are available below.

World Health Organisation

The WHO Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches is a set of publications that provides information and support to all stakeholders who wish to develop or transform their mental health system and services to align with international human rights standards including the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

All of these publications can be found here.


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