Human Rights Issues in Mental Health

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SAA has been supporting and advocating actively human rights of persons with mental disorders and full compliance with UNCRPD and adherence to the norms recommended in WHO’s Quality Rights Tool Kit. SAA representatives have been actively promoting and educating stake holders about human rights of persons with mental disorders at various forums in the country.

At SAA’s Day Rehabilitation Centrevarious steps have been taken to ensure quality human rights of those who use the facilities provided by the center as can be seen from the following:

  1. There is no locking of doors and gates.
  2. There are no isolation areas and no restrains of any kind are used.
  3. There is no uniform or dress code for those attending the Centre.
  4. Users are free to make and receive telephone/mobile calls when they are not attending sessions.
  5. First aid kit is regularly replenished and the staff is trained to provide first aid.
  6. Potable drinking water (purified with RO +) both cold and at room temperature is provided.
  7. There are adequate number of toilets and wash basins, I for 5 and 1 for 6 users respectively.
  8. A modern kitchen with all modern gadgets for preparing and serving hot and cold drinks, cooking activity and heating meals.
  9. There are adequate number of chairs and tables for sitting lunch in two groups.
  10. The premises has adequate number of windows, adequate day light and ceiling fans.
  11. There is provision for emergency power supply in the event of failure of regular power supply.
  12. There are beds for resting with adequate privacy for users if they are not feeling well/feeling drowsy due to medication
  13. The premises is kept spick and span and regular pest and rodent control iscarried out.
  14. There are adequate indoor and outdoor game facilities.
  15. Outdoor excursions are arranged periodically.
  16. There is a reading room and library.
  17. There are only independent admissions.
  18. Proper consent is taken from all the users and the family members at the time of admission and whenever there are programmes and meetings to use their names and activity/group photographs for creating awareness, educating stake holders and for other non-commercial use. Same procedure is followed when students come for their research projects.
  19. There are convenient and comfortable pickup and drop arrangements for users and their families.
  20. No admission is refused for the reason that the family cannot afford to pay the moderate fees charged for using the services.