Recovery and the Right to Health

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Ensuring mental health and well-being has become a worldwide imperative and an important target of the Sustainable Development Goals. But in all countries around the world, our response has been woefully insufficient, and we have made little progress to advance mental health as a fundamental human right.

One in ten people are affected by a mental health condition, up to 200 million people have an intellectual disability and an estimated 50 million people have dementia. Many persons with mental health conditions, or psychosocial, intellectual, or cognitive disabilities lack access to quality mental health services that respond to their needs and respect their rights and dignity. Even today, people are locked up in institutions where they are isolated from society and marginalized in their communities. Many are subjected to physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect in health services, prisons, and the community. They are also deprived of the right to make decisions for themselves, about their care and treatment, where they want to live, and their personal and financial affairs. They are often denied access to health care, education and employment opportunities, and are prevented from full inclusion and participation in community life.

As a result, people with mental health conditions and intellectual disabilities die 10 to 20 years younger than the general population in low-, middle- and high-income countries alike. The right to health is fundamental to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) mission and vision, and underpins our efforts to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). The foundation of UHC is strong health systems, based on primary care, that deliver evidence based, person-centred services that respect people’s values and preferences.

Fourteen new WHO QualityRights training and guidance modules are now available to achieve this vision. They will enable countries to translate international human rights standards into practice by influencing policy and building the knowledge and skills to implement person-centered and recovery-based approaches. This is what is required to provide quality care and support and to promote mental health and well-being. Our conviction is that everyone—whether a service provider or member of the community, needs to have the knowledge and skills to support someone who has a mental health condition, psychosocial, intellectual, or cognitive disability.

We hope that these QualityRights training and guidance modules will be used widely and that the approach they offer will become the norm rather than the exception in mental health and social services worldwide.

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