Why Affordable and Accessible Mental Healthcare is a Human Right

Mental health is a critical component of overall health and well-being. Yet many people face barriers to accessing affordable, quality mental healthcare. Access to mental healthcare is vital for all people to realize their full potential and participate fully in all aspects of life. It merits special protection as a fundamental human right.

Several international covenants recognize mental health as a human right, including:

The Importance of Mental Health

According to the World Health Organization, there is no health without mental health. Mental health influences how we think, feel, and interact with others. It affects our ability to cope with stress, work productively, and make meaningful contributions to our communities.

Mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia are real and prevalent health conditions. Globally, over 300 million people suffer from depression. Nearly one billion people are living with a mental disorder. When left untreated, mental illness can profoundly limit people’s ability to function and participate in society. At its most severe, mental illness can even lead to suicide. Close to 800,000 people die due to suicide every year.

Barriers to Mental Healthcare Access

Despite the clear importance of mental health to overall well-being, many barriers prevent people from getting the care they need:

These barriers disproportionately impact marginalized groups who already face more significant structural disadvantages.

Count on RADIAS Health

Affordable, quality mental healthcare enables people to manage conditions that would otherwise severely limit social and economic participation. With mental illness impacting individuals worldwide, making mental healthcare universally accessible is imperative. Guaranteeing this necessity as a human right elevates its political and social importance. 

RADIAS Health provides person-centered integrated healthcare services to people experiencing mental illness, substance use, or co-occurring disorders. Compassionate, skilled health care and support staff deliver our behavioral health services. In addition, our care includes supplementary services such as case management, supportive housing, homeless services, residential services, outpatient DBT treatment, and more.

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