Dignity In Mental
Dignity is defined as the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect
This year, the World Federation for Mental Health has chosen “Dignity in Mental Health” as the theme for the World Mental Health Day 2015. This comes up October 10 every year.
What then is Dignity?
Dignity is defined as the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect.
It is however sad and heartbreaking that around the world, people with mental or psychosocial disabilities are not treated with dignity. They face hardships from the public which ranges for laughing at them. sexual abuse, lack of care,emotional torture, and discrimination to mention just a few.
They are humans irrespective of what their who they are. They deserve respect like every other person walking the street . Poor quality of care which is either due to lack of qualified mental health professionals and/or non-functional /dilapidated mental health facilities can only lead to further violations of their dignity.
Giving them the opportunity to exercise their civic responsibilities.
- Treating them with care and respect.
- They should be allowed to live their lives, meet when they want to meet, go where they want to go.
- People with mental disorders should be given a sense of empowerment and where to work as they take some responsibilities.
People with mental illness or disorders are humiliated by their family members as well friends. They are treated as though mental disorder is communicable.
Low income earning countries seem not to have provisions for these such citizens.
Any good doctor will tell you that the belief that a medication will work for you is just as important as the medication itself. How a person is treated when getting treatment is just as important as or more important than the treatment itself.
The more case notes mental health practitioners have to carry, the less time they have to care for the person and in turn, the less show of simple dignity or respect.
It is common in our world today to see a discouraged health practitioner and this person combines with a person with low self-esteem, you can be sure to have catastrophe.
It is time for the world to start respecting all people in spite of their experiences, in spite of their differences and in spite of whatever tag they have been given. They are not “those people”.
Let everybody see people greater than they know themselves. When we do, then we can begin to have respect and dignity.
Treat them like you brother, sister, son or daughter, father or mother. Treat them how you would treat you loved ones. Show same love, care and respect and watch dignity set in.
To the practitioner, as you treat with dignity, you give hope that recovery is possible and that they are not walking dead. This puts smiles to their faces and makes the heart come alive.
If we really want other treatments to work, the first dosage is DIGNITY. Recovery is possible!!!
It is time to practice Dignity in Mental Health…go and do likewise