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Trending Petition: Life care for persons with mental illness

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Is this trending a Life sentence or a Death sentence? And how long will it take for the government TO ACT?

This is the question families and patients numbering almost 80 million in India, suffering from severe and common mental disorders are asking.  Read the tragic narrative below and you will agree that this DEATH SENTENCE is not by GOD but by our own government’s indifference to the plight of mental patients after the death of their family care givers.  

Ramesh (name changed) wrote to FACEMI (Family AllianCE on Mental Illness) on 2nd Jan 2016- “I have two children, both sons. Both are mentally handicapped. While the elder one who is now 43 years of age is suffering from O C D, the younger one who is now 39 years of age, is mentally retarded and is schizophrenic. Both of my sons have been medically declared as unfit to earn their livelihood for life and therefore both are still dependent upon me. I am a heart patient with 5 stents in the main arteries of my heart…. About 5 years back, I had taken up the issue of treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill individuals with ‘Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’ and ‘Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’, New Delhi and the outcome was not only callous but also very irresponsible.  No one is prepared to answer "What will happen to my Mentally Handicapped sons after I am gone"?

FACEMI can produce multiple narratives and live narrations. Almost every street corner, all over the country has affected families spending sleepless nights about future care of their mentally ill wards. Mental Illness can strike anyone at any time. You and I may need this support any day.

Sign and share our Petition to make the government take immediate action for providing life care for persons with mental illness and Set up a NATIONAL MENTAL DISABILITY LIFE CARE TRUST under the PMO so that the buck is not passed on from one ministry (Health) to the other (Disability /Social Justice Ministry) as it is happening at present.

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