To this day we still don’t have laws protecting the rights of Filipinos with mental health problems. According to WHO, 1 in 5 people suffer from mental health problems worldwide, yet in the Philippines, there are only 5 psychiatrists per 10,000,000 Filipinos. Most health insurance companies still don’t cover mental health-related issues and the stigma still weighs heavily on those suffering from mental illnesses.
An initiative by the Philippine Psychiatric Association, the Mental Health Act aims to protect the rights of people with mental disorders and disabilities. It also promotes the mental health of Filipinos by supporting the prevention and treatment of mental ilnesses.
The Mental Health Act is created by different individuals and organizations who are concerned for Filipinos with mental health problems, but do not receive the treatment they need and deserve.
Mental health should be for everyone, wherever they are in the Philippines.
Caring for people with mental health problems should be improved through the integration of mental health care to our general health care system.
1. Safeguardhuman dignity
2. BE BASED ON INTERNATIONALLY-ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF CARE
3. Be provided by trained
and qualified personnel
4. Coordinated, integrated,
and fairly distributed
The goal for the Mental Health Act is for it to be passed to Philippine legislation to be made into a bill.
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