Mental Health is a Universal Human Right

Today we celebrate World Mental Health Day, and the theme that the World Foundation of Mental Health has set for 2023 is “Mental Nealth is a Universal Human Right.”

This perspective has gained prominence in recent years, as societies and individuals increasingly recognize the importance of mental well-being. While not officially stated in international human rights treaties, it is supported by several key principles, including.  

1.The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Mental health is an essential component of human dignity and ensuring access to mental health care is a way to uphold this principle.

2. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recognizes the right to attain the highest possible standard of physical and mental health, implying that governments have a responsibility to provide mental health services to their citizens.

Despite this growing recognition of mental health rights, many individuals still struggle with access to mental health care, and the stigma associated with mental health remains for many people.

At Flatrock, we consistently advocate for our residents’ dignity, and access to the highest quality of mental health care to enhance their quality of life.