Jolijn Santegoeds Biography

Elected in 2017 Country: Netherlands Board member of ENUSP for the Northwest region since 2014 and co-chair of the World Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (WNUSP), which aims to secure the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities everywhere around the world. She is generally active at all levels from practical alternatives in mental health services to policymaking and United Nations expert sessions. Background Jolijn is a Sustainability engineer and user/survivor of psychiatry who faced a range of forced and degrading practices when she was 16 years old. The institution that hosted her forced her to isolation through others. After being transferred to another institution, where she was treated in a more humane way, her condition suddenly improved. She was not suicidal anymore. She realized that her drive was to change the injustices in the mental health care system and started a protest group called Rage against Isolation! (Tekeertegen de isoleer!), which later became an NGO called Mind Rights. Her main activities are aimed at stimulating alternatives to forced treatments and the prevention of torture and ill-treatment in health care. In the context of the Dutch law reform on forced psychiatric interventions, she developed an alternative model, called the “Eindhoven Model”, which is based on using Family Group Conferencing for supported decision-making to avoid forced psychiatric interventions. In 2015 she actively led the process of creation of the Shadow report ? on behalf of ENUSP and participated in all relevant events and sessions, as well as in the follow up activities.