Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health James Browne TD says a new Bill introduced by his party in the Dáil aims to end discrimination against those who suffer with mental health issues.
The ‘Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No. 2) Bill 2017’ will amend Irish equality legislation to ensure that persons can no longer be discriminated against on the basis that they have a mental health issue.
Deputy Browne said, “The Bill introduces a standalone mental health ground of discrimination. This ground contains a broad definition of mental health status and includes a person’s emotional, psychological and social well-being.
“Currently, it is unlawful to discriminate if a person has a disability and this includes a mental illness. However, the ground restricts mental health to a narrow medical definition. Our Bill puts mental health discrimination front and centre within equality legislation. It puts mental health as a standalone ground and gives it a human rights-based definition”, explained Deputy Browne.
“It is crucial that every person is treated with dignity, fairness and respect, regardless of a person’s mental health status.
“This Bill will serve as a further step towards bringing Ireland in line with international standards on equality and understanding of mental health as a human rights issue and not just a medical illness issue,” concluded Deputy Browne.