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Ceylon Today - October 10, 2015

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Today is World Mental Health Day Patients must be granted leave
for full recovery – Dir NIMH

The theme for World Mental Health Day which falls on 10 October is 'Dignity'. This year's theme will stress on preserving and restoring the dignity of the patient.
Speaking at the announcement of the new theme for World Mental Health Day, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Dr. H.M.K.Wickramanayake said that it is the ill informed attitude among people about mental health that is most damaging. Thus there is a large number of people who are reluctant to seek help due to the stigma attached. "
We need a new attitude to see this through. The whole thinking should be revamped if this issue is to be brought under control.
Though a request has been made to treat mental illness in the same light as tuberculosis and certain other diseases where extended leave is granted, in the case of mental illness this has yet to be approved. As a result, patients have to return to work before recovery or suffer pay cuts.

Today is World Mental Health Day Patients must be granted leave for full recovery – Dir NIMH

By Chanaka de Silva


The theme for World Mental Health Day which falls on 10 October is 'Dignity'. This year's theme will stress on preserving and restoring the dignity of the patient.
Speaking at the announcement of the new theme for World Mental Health Day, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Dr. H.M.K.Wickramanayake said that it is the ill informed attitude among people about mental health that is most damaging. Thus there is a large number of people who are reluctant to seek help due to the stigma attached. "

We need a new attitude to see this through. The whole thinking should be revamped if this issue is to be brought under control.
Though a request has been made to treat mental illness in the same light as tuberculosis and certain other diseases where extended leave is granted, in the case of mental illness this has yet to be approved. As a result, patients have to return to work before recovery or suffer pay cuts.

This is not only stressful to the patient but also detrimental to their full recovery thereby leaving the majority of people grappling with mental health issues on their own, seeking help or information, and dependent on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues. We hope that this year we will have this granted.

Speaking further Wickramanayake said: "We are confronting this stigma through facts. Facts that help us understand patterns of mental health problems, their causes and solutions. Therefore, people should be educated of the facts that help us break down barriers in seeking help and support. Mental health problems are on target to become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. Stigmatizing and discriminatory treatment can be particularly distressing when a person is experiencing a health crisis.

By failing to treat people with mental health issues with dignity we make it more difficult to ensure that everyone takes steps to safeguard their wellbeing and to seek help, as it can lead to self-stigma, low confidence, low self esteem, withdrawal and social isolation. Tackled properly, all these persons can be integrated back into society as productive individuals, he said.

 
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