| Published: November 22, 2017
Promotion of Human Rights in Mental Health – Youth’s Perspective
There exists a global human rights emergency in mental health. The stigma, myths and misconceptions associated with mental disorders negatively affect the lives of people with mental disorders leading to denial of even the most basic human rights. Worldwide, people with mental disabilities experience an ambit of human rights violations. They are denied access to basic mental health care and treatment. They are not only discriminated against and stigmatized but are also subjected to abuse in both mental health facilities and the community. Several violations in community-based mental health care go unreported. Victims of discrimination are particularly vulnerable to restrictions in economic, social and cultural rights that make it difficult to be integrated into mainstream society. A sense of alienation can affect a person’s dignity and self-esteem, which is detrimental to one’s well-being. A qualitative approach was employed to understand the role of youth in promoting and protecting human rights in mental health. A Focus Group Discussion was done on a sample of 10 respondents who willing first BA students of Psychology – 2 males and 8 females aged 18–20 years. Results were analyzed using narratives. The objectives were to understand the threats to dignity in mental health care and ways to promote it. It was expressed that mental health inequalities lie even outside the health sector and thus inter-sectoral action is required to redress the issue. It was advocated to raise mental health issues on the agenda of political, religious and community arenas. Health facilities ought to be person-centred, privacy maintained, equitable and equal. The study has implications for mental health professionals to be more humane and ethical in practice and improve quality health care. Besides, mental health literacy should be imparted at various levels of education.
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© 2017 Gowda Y, & Lobo S S
Received: September 30, 2017; Revision Received: October 28, 2017; Accepted: November 22, 2017
Published in Volume 05, Issue 1, October-December, 2017