On the occasion of World Mental Health Day, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection is launching a national campaign against the stigmatization of people with mental disorders, from October 10 to 17, 2021, under the slogan ” : Mental disorder is a state of health… dignity and rights for you and me ”.
The objective of this campaign is to promote the rights of these people, to dismantle the prejudices associated with their disorders and to sensitize relatives, families and society to the importance of supporting them to achieve their recovery, indicates the ministry. .
This day is an opportunity to raise awareness among the general public and health professionals about the problems faced by people with mental disorders, in particular stigma.
For several centuries, people with mental disorders have lived in precarious conditions, rejected and marginalized by society, due to prejudices and negative attitudes towards them, in particular the categorization of them as violent people. , helpless, demotivated, morally deficient and incurable …
The department of Nabila Rmili notes in this sense that surveys have shown that negative social attitudes towards people with mental disorders constitute obstacles to their rapid access to treatment. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 50% of people with serious disorders receive no treatment, so these attitudes negatively affect their family and social relationships and hinder their reintegration. Stigma affects people most when it comes from loved ones and family members, while emotional support from the family environment is an essential pillar in facilitating recovery.
Thus, the World Health Organization recommended the promotion of patients’ rights and considered the fight against the stigmatization of mental disorders as one of the main axes in the field of mental health.