Monday, December 22, 2008

Mentally ill in Eastern Europe

In many of the former Eastern European countries, the situation of the mentally ills is still a matter of concern from the point of view of the human rights. In general, the medical system in some of these countries is facing difficulties in coping the basic needs for people with normal medical needs. We also have to have in mind that, during communism, being mentally ill was considered unacceptable from the point of view of the multilaterally developed societies - run mostly by individuals with obvious psychological disorders. As the orphans, those with mental disabilities were hidden and the funds for this category were almost non-existent.

In our times, at the end of 2008, in the Republic of Moldova, almost all the public institutions are having their own "anthem". Like in the old Soviet times. One of the most interesting "creation" of this kind is the anthem of the Hospital of Psychiatry. The poetry is associating this hospital with "wisdom", mentioning that the "people wants all of us healthier". The most powerful words used are "we", "people", "common destiny", "future".


In France, the announcement, by president Nicolas Sarkozy, of a new policy of "securisation" of the psychiatric hospitals is facing the protest of the trade unions of psychiatrists.

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