Every month, the ant conducts mental illness treatment camps at its own campus.
While over 500 patients attend the camp – to see the doctor and to collect their medicines, there are also 35-40 new patients every month. That these services have a demand can be seen by the fact that though we charge a fee which covers the medicine costs, many hire vehicles and come from even 100 kilometres away! We also advocate with the government for services to get free and quality treatment for mental patients.
Number of patients registered every month – 600-650
Number of epileptic patients registered – 200-250
In an attempt to provide a holistic community approach to mental illness, the ant started the Community Mental health Project (now called Jana Man Swasthya Programme). This ambitious project strives to look after mental health of one lakh population.
In a survey conducted in the villages covered under this project, around 93% people had heard of the programme and a whopping 94.2% said that the patients got better with the treatment. We are now setting up Family support groups in the project villages, which will then slowly grow as advocacy groups for rights of mentally ill patients in the future.
This initiative was supported by the Tata Trusts as part of their multi-partner community mental health initiative.