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Mental Health Stigma Could Be Lessened, Treatment Improved Through Legislation

The Guardian: Mental health laws would diminish stigma and improve the lives of millions
Laura Davidson, barrister and international development consultant

“…Despite compelling economic arguments for investing in mental health, stigma perpetuates the lack of resources allocated. So what can be done? A mental health law which enshrines the rights of those with a mental illness and gives them the right to treatment could help diminish stigma … A law can also frame policy, encourage prevention strategies, and set minimum skills for accreditation of mental health professionals and psychiatric facilities. … The global community must ensure that those with mental illness are not left behind. The world has a duty to spearhead positive change, and to prevent the continued marginalization of the mentally ill. Let’s not miss this opportunity” (4/26).

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