New mental health care law comes in force to shift paradigm

On the 15th December 2020, the paradigm began to shift around mental health care patients in Seychelles.

A new law law, entirely consistent with the convention on the rights of persons living with disability, came in force.

The dignity and autonomy of persons with mental illnesses will henceforth be valued more than ever before. They will be treated as equal members of society and will be accorded the same right as other citizens to participate in their own care.

“They will always be able to make the important decisions that concern them,” said Dr. B Valentin, Chairman of the Mental Health Board and of Seychelles Patients Association.

Respect, autonomy, dignity for all patients

Aided by a slew of expert international partners, the drafting of the new law took several years to complete.