Human Rights Watch publishes new report featuring Quality Rights Ghana Initiative
Several years ago while partnered with Human Rights Watch to document the situation of people with mental illness in Ghana, HRW’s publication of the report “Like a death sentence” moved the Government of Ghana to put more effort forward in providing adequate mental health services delivered in a humane way.
A new HRW report, ‘Living in Chains: Shackling of People with Psychosocial Disabilities Worldwide‘ describes how, in many countries, people with mental health conditions are still shackled in confined and often unsanitary spaces against their will, due to widespread stigma and a lack of mental health services.
We are pleased to read that the World Health Organization’s QualityRights Ghana Initiative, a project we are currently supporting, has been cited in the report as an example of good practice. The initiative aims to improve access to quality mental health and social services for people with psychosocial disabilities and seeks to transform health systems and services towards a person centered and human-rights based approach.
With the right kind of support, people with mental health conditions can live and thrive in their communities. Share the #BreakTheChains hashtag and join the campaign here: https://www.hrw.org/BreakTheChains
For more information watch this video by Human Rights Watch.