Mental health rights

The implementation of mental health rights protects everyone’s mental health. Mental health services must pay particular attention to the implementation of mental health right which may include

  • being accepted and not discriminated against,
  • respect for human dignity, and fundamental and human rights,
  • equal rights to housing, studies, work, subsistence and social inclusion,
  • the right to decide what things support coping with daily life and receiving support in line with these,
  • the right to civic engagement, to be part of the decision-making process, and action as peer and expert by experience,
  • the right to good and effective care when necessary,
  • the right and opportunity to use Finland's national languages and other languages spoken in Finland, and obtaining sufficient interpretation and translation services when using mental health services.

In order to achieve these mental health rights, work is needed to combat prejudice, discriminative views and polarisation.