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.
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.
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