Mental Health Care Bill 2016 gets Approval from Parliament

Image result for mental health indiaThe Mental Health Care Bill was approved by Lok Sabha today. This bill aims to safeguard rights of people suffering from mental illness. It makes provision to protect, promote and fulfil the rights of persons during delivery of mental health care and services.

These are the rights that can be accessed by a person suffering from mental problems:

According to this bill, Attempted suicides under stress will no longer be a criminal act.

“Notwithstanding anything contained in section 309 of the Indian Penal Code, any person who attempts to commit suicide shall be presumed, unless proved otherwise, to have severe stress and shall not be tried and punished under the said Code,” the bill said.

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