Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2012
RUSIHAK - Human Rights in Mental Health Initiative
This description of Sehnaz Layikel's work was prepared when Sehnaz Layikel was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012.
Şehnaz Layıkel’s Initiative for Human Rights in Mental Health (RUSIHAK) model empowers individuals with mental disabilities and their families by helping them become decision-makers, bringing full citizenship to a strategically important group that has too often faced systematic discrimination, social isolation, and poor quality of life.
The New Idea
The Problem
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