World Mental Health Day 2019

The World Mental Health Day is commemorated on 10th of October every year to emphasize the importance of mental health through raising awareness and to advocate against prevailing social stigma faced by persons affected by mental illness and their family members. With one suicide case being reported every 40 seconds across the globe, the theme for this year is aptly on ‘suicide prevention’. Mental health of persons affected by leprosy and Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) is yet to become a priority for the national governments and other stakeholders of mental health programmes in NTD endemic countries.

Mental Health: Another human right of people affected by leprosy we must advocate for

India passed the Mental Healthcare Act 2017 on April 7, 2017, and it came into force from July 7, 2018. The Act seeks to fulfil India’s international obligation pursuant to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).