Every person has the right to live a life with dignity. No matter which country, color or culture one belongs to, we all have our own value and worth in this world. However, in reality, it is not what we wish to it to be. People are often facing discrimination, structural inequalities and oppression that violates the inherent dignity and worth of the human being. It is even more frequent in the case of people living with disabilities and mental health problems. In Nepal, people suffering mental illness and mental health problems face discrimination and stigma within the family and in the society. There are news coming from various parts of the country where mental health services are inaccessible and the people with mental health problems are restrained, kept in captivity and tamed like animals. They are forced to live and bear the inhumane treatment by family and community. We all need to be aware and help people with mental health problems in living a life with dignity.

This year World Mental Health Day is being observed today with the theme ‘Dignity in Mental Health’. See: infosheet_wmhd2015

People with mental illness can recover and can function well with necessary medical & psychosocial support. Below, we can view a short video of such man, Shiva Sharma,  telling his story of recovery. It was produced by BasicNeeds Intl:

If you are on twitter, you can find related tweets by following this link: https://twitter.com/search?q=Dignity%20in%20Mental%20Health

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