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Mental Health Plugin - Community and Outreach

Our Approach

Manas provides psychosocial interventions by plugging in mental health in existing systems, such as care and protection homes, schools, colleges and corporate without creating new structures. This helps us not to be seen as an external agent in the community but as part of the system.

Currently, Manas Foundation has set up Mental Health Units in Nirmal Chhaya Complex for Women and Children and Lajpat Nagar Boys Home. In addition, we also have an established mental health curriculum in Sanskriti School, and a counselling partnership with Dyal Singh College.


Mental Health Unit, Nirmal Chhaya Complex 

One of our key Mental Health Plugin projects has been setting up the Mental Health Unit (MHU) at the Nirmal Chhaya Complex since January 2010. These Institutions cater to the needs of children and women who are in distress, are destitute, neglected, abandoned; victims of atrocities, violence, sexual assault and family disputes. Their psychosocial background makes them all the more vulnerable to behavioural and psychological disorders. Mental Healthcare is critical to these individuals to help them bring out their full potential and cope with the possible traumas of their past. 

Objectives of the MHU at Nirmal Chhaya 

  1. Identification and treatment of mental illnesses in women and children at Nirmal Chhaya Complex.

  2. To coordinate with and facilitate the work of the welfare officers in the rehabilitation of mentally ill women and children.

  3. Preventive counseling of women and children who have suffered violence and abuse at some stage in their lives.

  4. Promotion of positive mental health to make women and children at Nirmal Chhaya capable of independent existence. 

 

Aside from providing mental health services, Manas Foundation also organises various workshops and events for the residents of the Nirmal Chhaya. These include festival celebrations and general events to provide the residents with a fun day. However, Manas also conducts workshops and organises events on issues such as personal hygiene, psycho-sexual education and other topics which are relevant to the inmates.

This was possible with the support of Department of Women & Child Development, Delhi and the Ford Foundation. Nirmal Chhaya hosts destitute and homeless women. Manas received the Edelhive Social Innovation Honours, 2012 for this intervention at Nirmal Chhaya Complex.

 

Mental Health Services at Boy’s Home, Lajpat Nagar 


The Lajpat Nagar Boy’s Home caters to vulnerable boys between the ages of 6-18 years in need of care and protection with focus on restoring them to their families. Whether the child is picked up from the street, caught in a raid or voluntarily given up by the family, all the children are referred to the home by the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). Since its establishment in 2012 the Mental Health Unit (MHU) continues to work towards its goal of providing comprehensive mental health services to the residents.

Objectives of the MHU at Boy’s Home, Lajpat Nagar

  1. Identify psychological deficits and areas of growth and development for all residents

  2. Create an individualized treatment and management plan

  3. Whenever possible, work with the resident’s family, to conduct family therapy.

  4. Regular group work to impart social skills, which includes appropriate ways of relating to self in relation with others, imparting life skills that develop healthy personalities, healthy team building etc.

Aside from providing mental health services, Manas Foundation also organises various workshops and events for the residents of the home. These include festival celebrations and general events to provide the residents with a fun day. However, Manas also conducts workshops and organises events on issues such as personal hygiene, psycho-sexual education and other topics which are relevant to the inmates.

This unit was setup in partnership with Ford Foundation and Delhi State Department of Women and Child Development

 

                                                      

 
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