Mental health institutions in Armenia
(06/02-2007) Psychiatric institutions in Armenia provide poor treatment of patients, serve inadequate food, and lack meaningful activities.
This is the conclusion of a new report from the Helsinki Association of Armenia and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee. Another major problem with mental health care in Armenia is that the heads of the institutions were educated during Soviet times. Therefore, both methods of treatment and the values underlying the operation of institutions need substantial reforms.
There is also a serious lack of transparency in the functioning of the institutions, which seldom provide patients and close relatives sufficient information on diagnosis and treatment methods. The staff is casually acquainted with the law on psychiatric aid.