MainstreamingPeople withMental Illness inKarnataka



As per census over 15 Million Indians suffer from Mental Illness. Health care systems fall alarmingly short of catering to their needs. Reintegration of these people into mainstream is a far fetched dream, especially for those who are from underprivileged segments. APD addresses this through a structured program which aims at inclusion of these people in mainstream. APD collaborates with NIMHANS & other professional bodies in this field to ensures psychotherapy and psychiatric treatment

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Mental Illness often goes undetected or denied. Further in the rural segment the underprivileged do not have any access to treatment due to lack of skilled professionals. Prolonged mental illness not only affects the individual but also the relatives and community. In certain quarters in India mental illness is superstitiously linked to possession of evil spirit and individual concerned are mercilessly treated by village quacks. APD programs address all these environmental factors.

How will this project solve this problem?

APD initiated its community mental health program in the year 2004. We create awareness in communities about mental health, causes, treatment and availability. We ensure access to treatment through psychological services, medical services, counseling and follow up services along with counseling. Conduct workshops among other stakeholders such as doctors, police, lawyers, government officials, psychologists& counselors.We provide medicines and livelihood support to ensure mainstream inclusion.

Potential Long Term Impact

APD will mainstream 900 Persons with Mental Illness (PWMI) identified presently through survey. As a result 900 PWMI will be rehabilitated psychologically and socially.Out of this Livelihood opportunities are ensured to 300 persons either through sending them to previous jobs or finding new avenues. Eventually these PWMI will be contributing members of society instead of remaining as burdens to their family and community at large. Caregivers will be sensitized and trained to manage them

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $296

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $296 .  The original project funding goal was $37,154.

Additional Documentation

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Project Leader

Mr Janardhan A L

Program Manager
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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