Amnesty International (Irish Section) launched a campaign on the rights of people
with mental illness in February 2003, with the publication of a report, ‘Mental Illness:
the Neglected Quarter’,
outlining its concerns about the mental health services
currently available in the Republic of Ireland (Ireland).
Much progress, has of course,
been achieved in Irish mental health care in recent years. For centuries, in Ireland as
throughout much of the world, people with mental illness were separated from the
rest of society and placed for long periods in large institutions with little or no
treatment, or worse, with radical and dangerous therapies applied to them.
Today, the situation has much improved with a shift towards community-based
services and greater protection for those in in-patient care. This aim of this report is to raise awareness of the fact that absolute or relative
disregard of the needs of the homeless people with, or at risk of mentally illness is a
serious human ri...