Mental Health Law After COVID-19 Pandemic in Indonesia: Challenges and Development


The COVID-19 pandemic occurred globally since the end of 2019. It started in China and later spread to all countries around the world. This pandemic has not only impacted the disruption of the global economic system and social factors but has also impacted the lives of people across the globe. While most of them lost their lives due to the pandemic, millions of them are going through physical and mental health problems. Physical disorders due to COVID-19, received great attention and are often discussed in various scientific forums compared to mental disorders. Mental health disorders were found not only in the former COVID-19 patients and the families left by the family members, but also by people who have been affected socio-economically due to this pandemic. The article discusses the development of legal regulations related to mental health after the pandemic in Indonesia and the challenges faced while implementing these regulations. The method used in writing this normative juridical article is by using secondary data in the form of legislation related to mental health in terms of Health Law and Human Rights law. It was concluded that mental health problems in Indonesia need more attention from the government and related institutions, both government and private institutions. The main challenge is to overcome the lack of education regarding mental health; therefore, prioritizing socialization and education is a mustto reduce the number of mental health disorders within the community and as a means of being respectful of the rights of people with mental health issues.

Keywords: mental health, pandemic COVID-19, health law, human rights law

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