Substance Abuse Rehabilitation

Substance abuse causes substance addiction. It is a chronic disease characterized by the compulsive need to seek sub irrespective of its harmful effects. It causes lasting changes in the brain. In order to recover and undo effects of the substance, the individual and his family members must undertake rehabilitative measures. Rehabilitation helps encourage the addicted […]

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10 Things people who have over...

Alcohol addiction is more than just a drinking problem. It is a biological, progressive, chemical and a fatal disease. It can enlighten a sense of urgency and necessity due to its dependence but overcoming an addiction is so entrenched it is not an easy feat. People who have overcome addiction have been sailed two ships; […]

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One in four women experiences depression at some point in time in their life. And women are twice as likely to experience clinical depression than men. Still wondering why the women in your life are crying most of the time, or feeling persistently sad, and has no interest in anything. Here is your answer: she […]

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The Family Impact: The social disadvantage and subordination of women on the one hand. And the rapid socio-cultural and economic changes on the other have significantly altered traditional structures and institutions within society. Such changes are invariably associated with social upheaval and drug abuse is a known outcome of such change. Drug abuse poses various […]

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Reinventing Mindful Eating

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“Dignity in Mental Health” – striking the right note

Human DignityStories galore both in real and reel life about mentally sick persons being ill-treated in hospitals or in extreme cases even being sexually abused. Different people have different perceptions about a mentally ill person. Training people how to treat mentally ill persons at workplaces, offices, public places, hospitals, etc. can go a long way in removing misconceptions and curbing tendencies to discriminate against them.

Root cause

However, for some people a mentally ill person is timid, helpless and vulnerable who can be taken for a ride and abused and ill-treated. For a miniscule section, they are people, sick, and in need of help to get over their problem. For a large section, however, ignorance about the state of the mind of the mentally ill and misconceptions about the disease is keeping them away from extending a helping hand to them. This is also being seen as the root cause of much of discrimination against them.

Dignity matters

As the world prepares to mark the mental health day on October 10, the World Health Organisation (WHO) attempts to draw people’s attention to the need of treating the mentally ill patients with ‘dignity’ assumes importance. In a bid to address the issue, some institutions have taken up anti-discrimination training for professionals on mental illness and personal experiences of people about the disease. Short duration anti-discrimination training course for students, teachers, doctors, etc., have also been launched on a trial basis.

Human rights

Much of the ongoing global initiative to curb discrimination against mentally ill persons has its genesis in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities or CRPD. The CRPD acknowledges that “discrimination against any person on the basis of disability is a violation of the inherent dignity and worth of the human person”. A section of the experts also feel that more than legislation and legal measures, facilitating communication between general people and people with mental illness can help bridge the information gap and remove discrimination.

Game changer

Experts feel legislation can set the framework for protection of human rights of mentally ill persons. This is likely to act as an important catalytic in bringing about attitudinal changes and remove common misconceptions associated with mental health issues. People with knowledge about various facets of mental health and its impact on the patients can play a game-changing role in dealing with discrimination against mentally unwell persons.

Recent study

The serious dimension of the discrimination against mentally ill persons comes through a research study by London based Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. More than 70% people surveyed felt keeping mum about their illness is a better option than facing discrimination. Another 64% disclosed fear of discrimination prevented them from applying for jobs, education programme. The fear of discrimination also stopped 55% from looking for any close relationships.

Striking right note!

It thus goes without saying that no problem of mental health can be effectively dealt with minus the all round acknowledgment of it as a common disease that can afflict any human being. Discrimination, stigma and social isolation related to the disease have their roots in ignorance, prejudice and behavioural issues. In this context the WHO slogan for world mental health day – ‘Dignity in Mental Health’- seems to strike the right note.

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