Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Professor & Head, Dept of Psychiatry Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, Kerala - 689 101, India Secretary General, World Psychiatric Association President, World Association of Social Psychiatry (2016-2019)
Dignity calls for respecting persons with emotional distress or mental illness and treating them as valued individuals in society. Unfortunately, discrimination and stigma are universal. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse are wide spread and in some countries, persons with severe mental illness are incarcerated for long periods. Their human rights are denied, as are employment and life opportunities. This is a serious blot on mankind. It is time, all organisations dealing with mental health in all countries stand together to end this. Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro has created enormous good will among the mental health profession for the World Dignity Project and I wish it great success as a torch bearer for dignity in mental health.