Our Story

In the year 2001, we came into existence with the mission to create & promote mentally healthy communities and institutions by raising awareness to reduce stigma, providing accessible mental health services, and capacitating institutions to integrate mental health into their delivery systems, through a psychosocial approach.

We aim to adopt a shift from the medical model of well-being and focus on the person; not on the mental illnesses. We believe that all individuals, organizations, and societies have mental health concerns and we all need to address this issue for leading a more complete and fulfilling life.

We strengthen community based support systems through services i.e.: conducting individual and group counselling, conducting training and sensitisation workshops, creating a task-force of barefoot counsellors through capacity building of frontline workers in public delivery systems, organizing and coordinating campaigns on raising awareness regarding mental health and gender justice etc.

Manas therefore has a dynamic model of demand-supply of addressing mental needs of diverse communities.

With over a decade of experience on mental health focused largely on women, children and youth, in the year 2014, Manas Foundation organically evolved its second pillar of intervention on gender justice. Barabari ki Dagar Surakshit Safar, as is popularly known aims towards creating safe and equal spaces for women by working with public transport drivers through a mental health perspective and gender equality lens. Today this programme is Asia’s one of the largest programming on engaging men to promote gender equality.

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