This study aims to assess the awareness about the rights of people with mental illness in the main psychiatric hospital in Tunisia among the service users, the family members and the staff.
The Convention of Rights of People with Disabilities mandates that State Parties initiate and maintain campaigns and human rights training to promote understanding of the rights of people with mental illnesses, considered as a main factor for their fulfillment. Service users, family members and staff evaluated, through a survey, the importance of ten rights for persons with mental illness, stated in the convention.
Disparities were found in the perception of the different rights by and between the three groups. The highest levels of awareness were associated with the freedom from torture or degrading treatment and the right to live with dignity and respect, whereas the lower importance were assigned to the right to participation in recovery plans, to give consent and to exercise legal capacity.
The lack of awareness and the poor perception of rights of people with mental illness is one of the barriers to their achievement. More training and awareness raising is necessary.
Rekhis, M., Ouanes, S., Ben Hamouda, A. and Rafrafi, R. (2021), "Human rights of people with mental illness diagnosis: perceptions among service users, family members and health professionals in Tunisia", Journal of Public Mental Health, Vol. 20 No. 3, pp. 182-190. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMH-06-2020-0075
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