Mental illness, defined by the affliction of an individual’s health in terms of clinically significant changes in their emotion regulation, cognition and behavior; is found in a majority of individuals in diagnosed or undiagnosed form. This makes the person vulnerable and or prone to abuse and eventually being violated or even being devoid of their basic legal rights. Thus, laws and rights have to intervene to ensure that even such individuals are provided with basic human rights, with a special focus on how they have to be treated at all stages of their treatment ranging from the moment they are coming in with their ailments to post-cure treatments, primarily supported by counseling services. The laws and rights of an individual, especially in India, caters primarily around psychiatric care, focusing less on the counseling and clinical aspect of the treatment. India as a developing country has come a long way in the ways in which a person identified as mentally ill is and must be treated backed by legal aid. This paper aims to analyse the laws and rights available for people with mental illness, from the past to the present.
Counseling, Laws, Mental Illness, Rights, Treatment.
Unique Paper ID: 75
Publication Volume & Issue: VOLUME 3 , ISSUE 2
31 Dec 2023Submit Paper