Ahead of World Health Day, Mental Health Europe (MHE) is releasing a new video which explains the rights of people with disabilities, including psychosocial disabilities, to health – Article 25 of the United Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Article 25 recognises that all persons with disabilities, including persons with psychosocial disabilities, have the right to health on an equal basis with others. The right to health is a central human right. It means that health services must be available, affordable, of good quality and accessible to all.
People with disabilities should have access to health care and programmes like everyone else. At all times, health services should be delivered with free and informed consent. If people with disabilities need health services because of their disabilities, these services should be available as close to their homes as possible.
People with psychosocial disabilities confined to institutions have been affected by the pandemic more than others as they are at higher risk of being infected. Institutionalisation of persons with psychosocial disabilities is a violation of human rights and a public health concern.
The video belongs to MHE’s animated video series, in which we explain the UN CRPD in relation to the enforcement of rights of people with psychosocial disability. You can watch the videos on Article 11, Article 12, Article 19, Article 27, Article 28, Article 29 of the UNCRPD, as well as the video explaining the overall concept of the paradigm shift required by the Convention.