The Tale of Two Acts: Disability v. Mental Health Policy (and Activism) in Ghana
Previous scholarship brings into stark relief the divide between critical mental health, or what has increasingly been called "mad," activism and the wider disability movement. In particular, philosophies of the mind and its health tend to prompt concerns of consciousness, sentience, and rationality, brimmed with fears of unpredictability and dangerousness. Such assumptions have carried serious consequences for personhood, legal capacity, and "risk" management, under auspices of health and care.
Working alongside such a body of studies, this paper foregrounds the discourses (and hopes) that have circled the Mental Health Act and confronts the boundary conflicts between the many disability advocates who joined calls in its wake.