PROMOTING MENTAL HEALTH AND HEALTHY BEHAVIOUR
Mental health is a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Mental illness is a disease or condition that affects the way a person thinks, feels, behaves, and relates to others and to his or her surroundings and impairs their ability to function on a daily basis.
Mental illnesses can be treated using any or a combination of the following methods:
4. Brain-stimulation treatments
5. In-patient care in hospitals
6. Alcohol and substance use treatments
People with mental illness need treatment and support from their families and communities and continued follow-up care.
As human beings, they have the right to:
- An adequate standard of living and social protection
- The right to enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
- The right to exercise legal capacity and to personal liberty and security
- Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and from exploitation, violence and abuse
- The right to live independently and be included in the community