Tuesday November 14, 2023
‘Mental Health is a Universal Human Right’
Mental Health: What is it?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ A person may have poor mental health for several reasons, such as stress, difficult social situations, or trauma. It is critical to identify these symptoms and enhance mental health. This can be done via family and friends or by getting professional help.
It affects our physical health, relationships, productivity, and overall quality of life. Prioritising our mental health makes it easier for us to deal with difficulties, uphold healthy relationships, and accomplish our goals. It acts as a foundation for resilience, growth as a person, and the ability to prosper.
Human Rights and Mental Health
Mental health ought to be understood as a human right, in the same way that physical health is.
The definition of mental health highlights its importance of being an integral part of overall wellbeing. Every individual, regardless of their age, gender, race, nationality, or socioecconomic status, deserve access to mental health support and resources. It is our combined obligation to make sure that mental health services are accessible, inexpensive, and without prejudice. Promoting mental health as a human right will help us build a society that is more accepting and kinder.
Stigma, discrimination, limited resources, and lack of awareness all play a role in the unequal access to mental health support. It is important for us to actively challenge these barriers and advocate for policies that prioritise mental health services, education, and awareness. Let us work together to break down these barriers and ensure that eveyone has the support they need.
Mental health is a universal human right to everyone across the globe. Mental health should be viewed as important as physical health and steps need to be taken to ensure mental health is as good as physical health as this can often be neglected. Now is the time to talk, break stigmas, enable people to thrive and to break barriers.