Reasons for Enactment of Mental Health Laws

Many countries all over the world have failed to incorporate mental health laws into their legal system.

Many countries have had their health budgets and resources diverted towards the achievement of millennium development goals.

Many organizations that are dedicated to providing psychiatric support are forced to change their goals so as to secure funding for their projects.

Here are some of the reasons why we need improved health legislation all over the world.

Reasons for Enactment of Mental Health Laws (1)

  • Rise in cases of mental illness

A good number of the millennium of development goals are focused on improving physical health.

However, there is no strict approach in improving the lives of people living with mental illness. Currently over 450 million people all over the world are mentally ill.

A good number of them are ignored even though mental illness is a form of disability.

  • Increase in depression levels

Depression is predicted to be the biggest medical burden in the whole world by the year 2030.

This is associated with work poor working conditions and pressure. Rise in cases of depression means there will be a cumulative loss in economic output that will result due to mental illness.

  • Prevent marginalization of the mentally ill

The global community has a moral obligation to cause positive change and stop continued marginalization of people who live with mental illness.

This can only be achieved through constitutional protection and proper funding. This is the only way that we can assure them of a decent livelihood.

  • End stigmatization

Mental illness should not be associated with physical health.

Stigmatization of the mentally ill has made the affected people to be hidden from the community. This has partly contributed to the scarce resources being allocated to deal with the problem.

This problem can only be solved if these people have a right treatment and mental care.

  • Laws will help set up structuresReasons for Enactment of Mental Health Laws (1)

Enacting these laws will help to come up with policies that will set in motion prevention strategies. It will also help to put up training institutions and set minimum qualifications for people who are supposed to take care of the affected persons.

This will also go a long way in enlightening people about human rights and dignity.

Many countries have not incorporated mental health laws in their constitution.

For there to be effective change there must be political will and collective responsibility from non-governmental organizations.

This is the only way to improve the quality of life of the people living with mental illness