A discussion in the light of World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2014
The Medical Action Group (MAG) has recently received a query from AB Communication undergraduate students of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) who are conducting a study on the health condition of mentally-ill inmates in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) as part of their academic requirements. An SMS and later a formal letter was sent and addressed to Dr. Amy Ng Abcede, Head of the Documentation and Services Program.
To make our response institutional, the MAG staff members have discussed and deliberated the issue and come up with the following insights.
We are posting this response in order to further encourage a discourse on the issue and clearly shape up MAG’s official position.
“Do mentally ill patients share the same rights and limitations as regular prisoners? Is it humane to keep them imprisoned if they are in a mentally delicate condition?”