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These Kerala rehabilitation homes help people with mental illness integrate into society
Named 'Snehakkoodu’ (home of love), the rehabilitation homes have been set up by the state department of health’s Arogya Keralam project in association with The Banyan, a mental health NGO based in Chennai, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
A ‘home’ for those who cannot go home
On Monday, the pilot project titled ‘Home Again’ will go to the next level, when the Kerala government ties up with The Banyan for the launch of the ‘Snehakkoodu’ programme under the Health department across the three major mental health institutions in the State.
How an NGO is paving new ground in mental healthcare
Vandana Gopikumar, who along with Vaishnavi Jayakumar founded The Banyan and The Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health, will receive the Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health, on March 21, 2018. The award, which carries a $100,000 cash prize, is awarded for her work in helping women with mental health problems in India.
Lessons for a leader in health to be ahead of curve
Only one in 10 people in India has access to evidence-based mental health services; we experience an 83% treatment gap. It is now widely accepted that the interaction between deprivation and mental disorders is bi-directional. The government should adopt an eight point agenda that focuses on the person with mental illness and his/her family.
West Bengal woman meets family after 8 years
In 2014, when volunteers of Banyan, an NGO, rescued Khatoon from the Muttukadu bus stand, she had been sitting on the roadside, eating scraps of food leftovers.She was taken to the Banyan's centre in Kovalam, where doctors declared she was mentally ill, and provided counselling. Recently , during a spell of lucidity, she told a counsellor that her name was Mehasoosa Khatoon and vaguely remembered her address as Paschim Hemkumari village.
155 patients still stuck at IMH as TS lacks rehab options for mentally ill persons
Dr KV Kishore, director of The Banyan, a Chennai-based NGO working with homeless persons with mental health issues, said lack of rehab facilities in the community made reintegration with families or society a challenge. There was a need for occupational therapists so recovered people can lead productive life. “Besides, human resources such as social workers should be made available for rehabilitation and to integrate recovered people with families,” he said.
Knitting a safety net
Today, 800,000 persons die by suicide globally and over 1,33,000 in India every year. Among 15-29 year olds, it’s the second leading cause of death. Reasons attributed range from family problems and ill health to mental illness, debt, unemployment, failure in exams and relationships.
NHM to set up five mental healthcare and recovery centres
The National Health Mission, Tamil Nadu, is setting up five emergency care and recovery centres for the mentally ill and homeless people across the State — in Vellore, Tiruppur, Tiruvannamalai, Theni and Villupuram. The ₹335-lakh project is being implemented along with NGO The Banyan, which works in the field of mental health and poverty.