Health Day 1998
World Mental Health Day 1998 was observed in six continents and called attention to the
fact that people with mental illness cannot be discriminated against in Sabah. A
proclamation to adapt the principles for the protection of persons with mental illness and
for the improvement of mental health care was organised by the Sabah Mental Health
Association to observe World Mental Health Day.
The right honorable Chief Minister of Sabah, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Bernard G.
Dompok signed the proclamation for the observance of Mental Health Day, which had as its
theme "Human Right and Mental Health" on the 10th october
1998 at the Sutera Pan Pacific Hotel, Kota Kinabalu.
Basically, Human Right and Mental Health are often closely
linked in the following ways:
- Violation of human right can be a source of stress or trauma threatening to mental
- Violation of a persons human right can be barrier to recovery.
- Under International Human Right Law, people with mental illness have the same human
rights as all other citizens.
- People with mental illness or people labeled as "Mentally Ill" are often
unfairly singled out and are denied equal treatment of the equal opportunity to live their
life like all other citizens. Discrimination of this kind is a violation of International
Human Rights Law.
- Around the world, people with mental illness are at risk of being mistreated or having
their basic human rights denied. They may be denied the opportunity to make basic life
decisions that other people take for granted, including the right to decide where the
live, where they work or what kind of psychiatric treatment they receive.
The following includes rights listed in the "Resolution and Decisions"
adopted by general assembly of the United Nations:
- All persons have the right to the best available mental health care, which shall be part
of the health and social care system.
- All persons with a mental illness, or who are being treated as such persons, have the
right to protection from economic, sexual and other forms of exploitation, physical or
other abuse and degrading treatments.
- Every person with a mental illness shall have the right to live and work, as far as
possible, in the community.
- A determination of mental illness shall never be made on the basis of political,
economic or social status or membership of a cultural, racial or religious group, or any
other reason directly relevant to mental health status.
- Every patient shall have the right to be treated and cared for, as far as possible in
the community in which he or she lives.
- Every person shall be protected from harm. Including unjustified medication, abuse by
other parents, staff or others, or other acts causing mental distress or physical
The eight Annual World Mental Day will be held on 10 October 1999. The theme will be "Ageing
and Mental Health" in observance of the United Nations International Year
of older persons toward a society for all ages.
As was in 1998, the Sabah Mental Health Association is recognised in the list of
endorsers. We invite local organisation which may wish to collaborate and assist us in our
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