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According to Mental Health America, nearly 1 in 5 American adults will have a diagnosable mental health condition in a given year.
Dealing with a mental health condition is no small feat. On top of that, dealing with a mental health condition in a world that tends to stigmatize topics surrounding mental health is even harder. Mental health conditions can affect every aspect of an individual’s life: their education or career, their support network, and their ability to seek out treatment.
That being said, what rights are out there to support them?
To begin, people with mental health conditions or diagnoses are before anything else, entitled to fair treatment.
While these may seem like simple basic rights, individuals with mental health conditions, especially those with less common diagnoses, face unwarranted discrimination and unfair treatment constantly. The effects of stigma and discrimination go far beyond a lowered self-esteem. They can contribute to worsening symptoms, and a reduced likelihood of both seeking treatment and staying with treatment.
If you or a loved one has faced stigma or discrimination due to a mental health condition, below are some important rights to know about.
With 18% of U.S. adults having a mental illness, it is extremely important to recognize that there are rights out there created to protect individuals from discrimination and unfair treatment.
Although it is impossible to entirely remove stigma from the mental health community, things are slowly changing for the better. Being aware of the rights available to protect you or a loved one is a pivotal part of addressing and removing this type of discrimination.