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Protecting The Human Rights Of People - With Mental Health

Monday, October 6th, 2008 Protecting The Human Rights Of People - With Mental Health

It has long been established that people with mental disorders around the world are exposed to a wide range of human rights violations. The stigma they face means they are often ostracised from society and fail to receive the care they require.

Moreover, patients in many mental hospitals fair little better. People are restrained with metal shackles, confined in caged beds, deprived of clothing, decent bedding, clean water or proper toilet facilities and are subject to abuse and neglect. Furthermore patients also face discrimination on a daily basis including in the fields of education, employment and housing.

A shift in attitude is essential in developing awareness, improving human rights in mental health organisations, empower mental health service users and their families accordingly. Furthermore, promote community care and increase investment and above all adopt good practice in human rights.

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