Human Rights Law
Mental Health Law
Mental Health And Illness In Uganda: The Gaps And Shortfalls Of The State, Law And Its Practice
Article by Awano Collette Melvina & Victor Andrew Taremwa
With mental health trending on social media and a growing cause for concern in the modern age, there is all the more need for the state and its laws to be able to reflect these changes and suitably protect the people’s mental health. This article explores Uganda’s mental health history as a backdrop to a discussion of various legal facets, particularly criminal law and torts, all in an effort to show the gaps and shortcomings affecting mental health and mental illness. It also presents an elaborate discussion on a spectrum of factors that affect mental health; and puts forward suggestions for reform in the mental health legislation and legal practice in Uganda for a better understanding and approach to mental health issues.