|Mental Health Legislation in Argentina|
In October 2009, the National Mental Health Draft Law was approved by the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Argentina and is currently awaiting review in the Senate. This law constitutes an important step in the right direction and a good example for the Region. It promotes the rights of people with mental illnesses and the development of mental health services in the general health system. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) cooperated technically with Congress in the preparation of this legislation.
If finally approved, it will turn
It establishes an “interdisciplinary approach” that recognizes that all mental disorders have an origin in biological, psychological, and social causes;
Hundreds of people gathered around the National Congress building in December 2009 to encourage Parliament to support the National Mental Health Law and to express the need for this legislation to be enacted. The demonstration included NGO, members of the National Secretariat of Human Rights, human rights agencies, people with disabilities, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and many others. The demonstration can be viewed on YouTube.