Do You Know Your Rights?

PicketersPeople who are mentally well, in healthy relationships, with clearly defined borders may find this list redundant. This list is for the people who lost their way. The ones who think love controls, manipulates, belittles, and packs a punch.

If our relationships do not measure up based on these rights, we should ask ourselves, why are we settling for less?

You have the right to ask for what you want.

You have the right to say no to requests or demands you cannot meet.

You have the right to express all of your feelings, the positive and the negative.

You have the right to change your mind You have the right to make mistakes, and to take responsibility for them.

You have the right to not be perfect You have the right to follow your own beliefs and values.

You have the right to say no to anything if you feel that you are not ready, if it is unsafe, or if it conflicts with your values.

You have the right to decide your own priorities.

You have the right to not be responsible for the actions, feelings, or behaviour of others.

You have the right to be angry at someone you love.

You have the right to be yourself, to be unique.

You have the right to express fear.

You have the right to say, “I don’t know.”

You have the right to not give excuses or reasons for your behaviour.

You have the right to your own personal space and time.

You have the right to be playful.

You have the right to be healthier than those around you.

You have the right to feel safe, and to be in a non-abusive environment.

You have the right to make friends and be comfortable around people.

You have the right to change and grow.

You have the right to have your wants and needs respected by others.

You have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

You have the right to be happy 🙂

Note: I was a patient at the Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, and I participated in their Mental Health Out-patient Program

7 thoughts on “Do You Know Your Rights?

    • Thank you! I have more to share. I was fortunate to be in a first-class mental health program. I had a psychiatrist, psychologist and case-worker who helped me find my way. I’m thankful OHIP covered the cost because private care would have been very expensive. It feels wrong not to share, like you I want to make a difference.

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