We cannot force others to respect our dignity, 

but we can be aware of situations where our dignity is not being respected.

I am hurting from reading about how “mental health care” has harmed individuals, and I don’t want to get rid of the pain. I want to keep it with me, as I want to keep the people who have been harmed in my heart … and in order to do this, I need hope.

The Dignity Principles give me hope.
Young people are learning about these principles all over the world:

That gives me hope.
And I also have a wish: That these principles be taught to mental health care professionals who do not seem to have grasped the concept that “Dignity should be the basic guiding principle for all actions”.

Paula Caplan: Losing Labels to find Ourselves

Thanks to Sigrun for posting this in her Norwegian blog

Paula Caplan: “We have to make it socially acceptable for therapists and all the rest of us to stop using technical language when talking about human suffering”

My previous link was to “We are all connected”.
Suffering is something that connects us all.
And there is so much so-called mental health care that disconnects people in pain from the roots of their own agony.