Mental Health #Inequality #BlogAction14


Blog action day

On this day, I support and join the initiative by reblogging the below post. It will sure make a good and thought provoking read.

Mental Health #Inequality #BlogAction14.

I however have a remark or two on Mr Burns post (hope he doesn’t burn by my critique)

a) He is right in stating that: ” Mental disability and mental health care have been neglected in the discourse around health, human rights, and equality”; but I can’t bring myself to agree with him on the following:

b) “Finally, while acknowledging that health care professionals have a role to play as advocates for equality, non-discrimination, and justice, I argue that it is persons with mental disabilities themselves who have the right to exercise agency in their own lives and who, consequently, should be at the center of advocacy movements and the setting of the advocacy agenda.”  To me, this conclusion adds to the huge pressure put on mentally ill to be at the centre of advocacy movements. Some with milder challenges like myself definitely can – but what capacity do the majority have?

When such sick/disabled or whatever it is the label is, are usually helplessly drugged, restrained, neglected, stigmatised or even traumatised by their very brains on fire, what energy do they have left to champion those movements?

I really wish someday we could come to treat mental health patients just like those with cancer. I don’t see the cause for Cancer championed by those with cancer (at the tough stages – no onset to be precise). And even if they do, I bet the response from the system is probably one of motivation than otherwise.

How many mentally challenged still fear losing their jobs, loves and much more if they advocate with their real names? Let’s be serious further. With all due respect to the Senior Lecturer and Chief Specialist Psychiatrisrt, I think just so much still needs to be done.

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2 thoughts on “Mental Health #Inequality #BlogAction14”

  1. I can not agree more with Marie Angele. Stating that the mentally ill should champion their rights is very misleading and this is the type of misinterpretation that has led health care systems to allow the mentally ill to drop out of therapy programs because “they have chosen to do so” and it is their “right” to do so. It is my opinion that the whole concept of “rights” of the mentally ill should include to a large extent, the right to stay healthier and more sane and this case, the need to include the patient’s proxy in life threatening decisions is imperative. To a greater extent, they need to be supported in some decisions because they are special need persons. There are a lot of abuse from health care systems and their medical team who do everything to distance the family from decisions if they perceive the family as getting concerned and “inquisitive”. I am convinced that the rights of the mentally ill need to be defined in their special context and the interpretation of these rights should lean more towards guaranteeing their safety and preventing abuses which are becoming the order of the day.

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