While mental and physical illnesses are both alike yet very different, they must be treated with equal seriousness. People who are living with mental or physical illnesses must be accorded equal respect and consideration.
The central goal of the mental health policy is to create the best possible context for encouraging recovery. The focus on recovery places emphasis on WELLNESS as opposed to ILLNESS and sets the goal for facilitating the abilities of people living with mental illness to deal actively with the limits imposed by their conditions. Why shouldn’t they live meaningful and productive lives?
Promoting mental health and recovery from mental illness requires intervention that addresses the social determinants of health, in particular those related to income, adequate housing and employment, as well as participation in social networks.
Each person’s path to recovery is unique.