Mental Illness is thought to be a “curse” caused by an “evil eye”. People in our villages depend on traditional faith healers for years on end.
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.