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mulumba moses

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Mental Health
Jan 14, 2007

[link="http://"]What do you think are the major Human Rights Issues facing persons with mental disability? Are they likely to receive these rights especilly in the developing nations

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hekatea

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Re: Mental Health
Jan 16, 2007

Wow! Tough question. I think the Human Rights still apply to them. They need protection as much as we do. Although they may not be aware of what's happening around, I believe they have a place where they can also enjoy the beauty of life.


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Re: Mental Health
Jan 17, 2007

Mental health is not just about presence or absence of mental illness. People with mental illness are one part of the work in the field of mental health.

Though people with mental illness have right to be treated with respect and dignity, the reality always does not ensure that.

The psychiatric care institutions seem to be there more to "protect" the society rather than people with mental illness.

People with mental illness also face infringment of thier legal, social and political rights.

In India, once you announce that you have mental illness, your partner may get divorce on that basis, you may not be able to do anything with your property except owning it, you may not be legally allowed to sign any contract and hence you actually cant to much legally.

Many people, therefore feel stigmatized because of thier illness and the attitude of the society.


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Re: Mental Health
Feb 6, 2015

I think one major issue facing people with mental disabilities is the fact that they are treated like outcasts in society. No matter how much people say they are accepting them and no matter how hard people try to act normal around them, there is always the underlying factor that the person you're conversing with or talking about has a mental disability. Also, people with mental disabilities do not receive effective treatment for their disabilities. People tend to write off people claiming to have mental disabilities (ones that cannot be scientifically diagnosed) as just trying to gain attention. No matter what type of disability people have, society always treats them as an outcast and it has to stop.


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Re: Mental Health
Feb 9, 2015

I think that most people with mental illnesses DO have an idea of what's going on in the world around them, and they want to be a part of that as much as they can. I think our job is to make sure to give them every opportunity that we can to ensure that they are able to participate in life as fully as possible and to make sure that they get the most out of life, which is what they deserve because they have the same rights as anyone else.


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