Mental health is a neglected area in India. The help offered by government hospitals is partial. Suicide rates are increasing in Students, Farmers and others. This project attends to Guntur and surrounding districts with a population of 7m. We've been running this non-profit hospital since 2010 in a leased premises. We now want to build a permanent building and continue to provide bio-psycho-social interventions with prevention. A permanent building will help us to establish a long term base.
As India is becoming rapidly industrialised and urbanised, the psychological distress and resulting illnesses are rising exponentially. It is now reflected in several areas - for example high suicide rates in India, increased stress in students, and, increasing alcohol and drug misuse. There is lack of awareness and stigma. Conditions like Alcohol misuse and Dementia have been posing challenges to individual families. Comprehensive treatment for mental disorders not accessible to poor patients
Our model is person-centered. Our comprehensive approach considers the impact the illness on the patient and his or her family. We provide psychological therapies (talking treatments), medication, moral support, family counselling, arts and other skills to get the person back into his pre-existing occupation or role in life. We increase the accessibility of treatment to people with lower socio-economic status via non-profit model.
We carry out preventive work by raising awareness of mental disorders in primary and secondary schools, promoting healthy and stress-free living. We want to develop psychological methods, mental health nursing and mental health social work, raise mental health awareness & minimise stigma. Currently most psychiatric practice is mainly a medical model. We are hoping that success with this project will encourage other practitioners to change their current practice to bio-psycho-social model.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).