GENEVA, September 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
On World Mind Matters Day 2016, a global surveyfunded by the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), of laws and policies in 193 United Nations (UN) member states reveals the level of discrimination faced by people with mental illness in the areas of marriage, voting rights employment and right to contract.
The findings have led the WPA to create a Bill of Rights for Individuals with Mental Illness which urges ALL governments to ensure that persons with mental illness/mental disability/mental health problems are not discriminated against based on their mental health status, and are treated as full citizens enjoying all rights on an equal basis with others. The Bill of Rights has been supported by 18 organisations.
Dinesh Bhugra, President of the World Psychiatric Association said: "It is important, that clinicians around the globe work with patients, their carers, and their families, as well as with relevant organizations representing these groups, to challenge discrimination, change laws, and ensure that these are applied equally. There is simply no explanation for continuing discrimination against individuals with mental illness, their families, and those who care for them, whether they are professional or lay carers."
The 'Social Justice for People with Mental Illness' report and 'Bill of Rights for Individuals with Mental Illness' can be viewed at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/iirp20/current.
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