HUMAN RIGHTS OF MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS

  • Christos Iliadis, Dr. RN, Private Diagnostic Health Center of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Aikaterini Frantzana, Dr. RN, General Hospital of Thessaloniki “Papanikolaou” Greece
  • Aikaterini Kourkouta Student of Department of Law, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Petros Ouzounakis, Dr. RN, General Hospital of Alexandroupoli, Greece
Keywords: mental health, human rights, mental illness, patient rights, health professionals

Abstract

Introduction: Mental health is the development of a person's healthy view of
themselves and the environment in which they live, so that they can achieve the
highest degree of self-fulfillment. Purpose: The purpose of the present work is to
investigate and highlight the rights of the mentally ill and to promote and promote
the health of these patients. Methodology: The study material consisted of articles
on the topic found in Greek and international databases such as: Google Scholar,
Mednet, Pubmed, Medline and the Hellenic Academic Libraries Association
(HEAL-Link), using keywords: mental illness, patient rights, health professionals.
Results: The rights of mental patients and their exercise in a meaningful and
effective manner is a dynamic process that encompasses the corresponding rights
and obligations of mental health professionals. An important legal effort to protect
the rights of the mentally ill is Resolution 46/119 of the United Nations General
Assembly on the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness and Improving Mental
Health Care, adopted on 17 December 1991. Conclusions: The exercise of the
rights of the mentally ill requires their encouragement from mental health
professionals, who are essentially obliged to refrain from restrictive practices.

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Published
2019-11-19
How to Cite
Iliadis, C., Frantzana, A., Kourkouta, A., & Ouzounakis, P. (2019). HUMAN RIGHTS OF MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS. Mental Health: Global Challenges Journal, 2(2), 31-35. https://doi.org/10.32437/MHGCJ-2019(2).51