World Mental Health Day was established on October 10,1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health with the aim of raising awareness in the global community about critical mental health issues. Over the years, World Mental Health Day has become a platform for individuals, governments and non-governmental organizations to create and drive initiatives that focus on the numerous facets of mental health care.
The theme for 2023 is, “Mental health is a universal human right” with the goal to raise awareness, improve knowledge, dispell myths and spur action to promote and protect each individual’s right to menthal health care.
Everyone, whoever and wherever they are, has a right to the highest attainable standard of mental health. This includes the right to be protected from mental health risks, the right to available, accessible, acceptable, and good quality care, and the right to liberty, independence and inclusion in the community.
Good mental health is vital to our overall health and well-being. Yet one in eight people globally are living with mental health conditions, which can impact their physical health, their well-being, how they connect with others, and their livelihoods. Mental health conditions are also affecting an increasing number of adolescents and young people.
Having a mental health condition should never be a reason to deprive a person of their human rights or to exclude them from decisions about their own health. Yet all over the world, people with mental health conditions continue to experience a wide range of human rights violations. Many are excluded from community life and discriminated against, while many more cannot access the mental health care they need or can only access care that violates their human rights.
Join Barrington Behavioral Health & Wellness in celebrating the human right to mental health care.
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