Armenia’s Mental Health Problem
Taking the hard tack of institutionalization to handle its citizens with mental illnesses, Armenia has found itself subject to numerous human rights inquiries and accusations from some of the institutionalized claiming false imprisonment. Institutionalization has been wielded in disputes, taking advantage of faults in the legal process that deny those accused of being dangers to themselves or others the right to defend themselves. A condemnation of treatment practices promoting the weaponization of mental health diagnoses, the Guardian‘s report on the defects in Armenia’s mental healthcare system highlights the danger that comes with marginalizing people with mental illnesses.
“‘They locked me up and left me’: Armenia’s outdated mental health laws” (The Guardian)
“Armenia: Report Details Psychiatric Hospital Abuses” (EurasiaNet)
(Image Credit: Emma Grigoryan/The Guardian)