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We need Human Rights in Mental Health

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When embarking upon the study of Human Rights, it is common to imagine that the Law only deals with criminal matters or people linked to the prison system. Usually, the most prominent non-profit organizations are these marginalized communities’ voices (s). 

Unfortunately, the critical humanitarian work is not visible to the public. Human Rights encompasses all the fundamental and inherent rights of human existence. According to Hanna Harendt, “it is the Right to have Rights,” which I consider a fantastic definition. 

In this sense, Life is the greatest of all Rights. Thus, Life is the primary and most important Human Right. Since Life is the main Human Right, it is clear that Health – as an artificial agent for the protection of Life – is, by derivation, a critical Human Right. For this reason, having access to health care is an essential and fundamental right. The Law must guarantee Human rights to all citizens. The guarantee must be extended to all citizens regardless of financial conditions, social position, race, or other variants.

In this line of reasoning, we will start with this Column in Mental Health Affairs. We were embarking upon this endeavor-the development of themes related to Law, emphasizing Human Rights and its reflections on themes related to Mental Health to be an act of altruism. 

The expression of state policy for the protection and promotion of mental health must be firm and transparent. This line must protect and help all individuals with mental health issues or those who succumbed to chemical dependence. The government and its entire staff understand that any mental health promotion policies need to be rooted in protecting human life. 

Therefore, all these ‘systems’ and related agencies must be appropriately trained. In doing so, workers need to learn ways to protect and not harm the people they work for, even if they are individuals involved with the judicial system. First of all, training in Human Rights rules should be the agencies, who need a precise dimension of their duties and, above all, their limits, which come up against patients’ rights.

Respect for the patient begins with planning public policy to protect people. In order to successfully roll out these plans, agencies need to comply with the Constitution. Agencies must also comply with the set of norms from the Confederate State that houses the policy administrator in execution. 

Respecting the legislative system

The next step is to have the citizen as a direct object, thinking about their survival and, mainly, about their well-being. 

Administrators must be fully aware that the tremendous legal asset protected is the human being. Therefore, he must be the final destination of all the efforts of government agencies within a protective system full of guarantees that enforce these rights and state protection.

Humanitarian aspects surrounding mental health treatment

Moreover, this approach must be divided primarily into two planes of observation: the diffuse and the individual. In diffuse humanitarian rights, everyone is a subject of Law, such as, for example, the “Pax Social.” Passersby are guaranteed the right to come and go, and a particular medicine (Covid-19 vaccine, for example) must be made available to everyone indiscriminately. Concerning individual rights, these are limited to that person or patient who is an active subject of specific rights that are being violated or on the verge of being violated. 

For example, there are times when people cannot afford to pay for treatment. In these cases, the State must provide it in favor of that person.

Thus, this article reinforces the urgent need to study the United States Human Rights system as part of the international humanitarian system. Its peculiarities and, mainly, how it has been made possible. So that it can be better applied to patients undergoing mental health treatment, and this is how professional journalism proceeds, bringing education and information to as many people as possible so that we can plead for their rights in the medium term.

The Global Implications and Road Ahead

Therefore, it is essential to mention these issues are not specific to the American system but to several countries and other cases of significant international repercussions. After all, events such as the Pandemic, the regrettable war between Russia and Ukraine, and other various consequences affecting society, among trauma, loss of loved relatives, and others, deserve critical reflection. No less important, we need to mention the scientific advances, especially in medical and communication equipment and apparatus, with important repercussions on the press and people in their relationships. 

In conclusion, the press and journalism are space and an excellent opportunity to discuss Human Rights and Mental Health. They were always helping to make the people more educated.

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