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Department of Psychiatry; Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center

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Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


Dignity has been described as ‘the inherent and inalienable worth of all human beings irrespective of social status such as race, gender, physical or mental state. Dignity is, therefore, at the core of psychological well-being, social connection and humanity. Mental health interventions that explicitly promote and preserve dignity for people experiencing mental distress are growing in clinical practice and research in the USA, India, Europe and elsewhere. However, there is a need for more research and policy supporting the implementation and evaluation of these initiatives. Here, we highlight some of these programmes and make recommendations on how to further integrate dignity in mental health research, practice, outreach and education in India and the world.

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Copyright : © 2017 Indian Journal of Medical Research.

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Indian J Med Res. 2016 Oct;144(4):491-495. doi: 10.4103/0971-5916.200885. Link to article on publisher's site

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The Indian journal of medical research

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