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Magna Carta for individuals living with mental illness

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Albert Persaud, Dinesh Bhugra, Preety Das, Sam Gnanaprgasam, Cameron Watson, Rajiv Wijesuriya, Tom Brice, Elliot Clissold, João Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia, Koravangattu Valsraj, Julio Torales, Antonio Ventriglio

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2020

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There is considerable evidence to suggest that individuals with mental illness as well as their carers and families are discriminated against across a number of domains. It is also well recognized that people with mental illness are likely to die younger than their counterparts who do not have mental illness. We propose that a Magna Carta is urgently needed to protect the rights of people with mental illness and help reduce discrimination. In this paper a background and rationale for this is offered alongside suggestions for reducing discrimination. The simple message is this; progress in health, economic, environmental and global development will not be made without improvements in mental health. The reasons are equally straightforward as mental illnesses cause more disability than any other health condition and bring enormous pain and suffering to individuals, their families and communities. These impacts lead to early death, damage to the economy and restrain individual progress. Every country needs to take urgent responsibility for defending the rights of individuals with mental illness.

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