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Dausa, Rajasthan

Dausa is a small district in Rajasthan famous for its proximity to the Mehendipur Balaji temple. Large numbers of devotees come here seeking relief from their ailments through the traditional faith healing practiced at the temple. Manas Foundation was supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to adapt our unique Plug-In model of comprehensive mental healthcare within this district in the form of our Community Action Mental Health Programme (CAMP, Dausa). The programme was established with a goal of raising awareness and making mental health services accessible. With this in mind, we launched our program in June 2018, and began working in coordination with three major departments in the district

  • District Mental Health Program (DMHP) and the District Hospital
  • Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO)
  • Chief District Education Officer (CDEO)

Our psychologists are actively supporting the District Mental Health Programme by regularly providing direct counselling services to patients referred by doctors in the facility and psychological assessment services when necessary. We also provide direct psychological services at our own Mental Health Unit (MHU) established within the district. Individual awareness activities and sticker drives are also conducted in local hotspots and remote areas of the district. On an average working day our psychologists provide their services to 12-13  clients  at the district hospital and at the MHU.

Our team closely works with the Chief medical Health Officer to raise awareness about mental health amongst the frontline health workers. For this purpose we regularly conduct mental health awareness and sensitization workshops at Primary Health Centres & Community health centers. Our team of psychologists also operates an outpatient department once a week at these centres where they provide psychiatric and psychological services.

We have also collaborated with the National Rural Health Mission with the aim of building capacities of ASHA & ANMs to provide barefoot counseling to individuals and families residing withiin their communities. Our psychologists are also available alongside their medical counterparts in camps organised with the National Rural Health Mission.


We also closely work with the Chief District Education Officer in order to make mental health services accessible and available to students. Our psychologists visit the schools in Dausa every week to provide counseling services to students. They also conduct many mental health awareness workshops for students and teachers at the schools. Our team has also implemented training modules on learning skills such as comprehension, memory, attention, concentration and motivation in different schools.

In the years 2020 and 2021 with the COVID 19 pandemic affecting the entire globe  we learnt that mental health awareness was more needed than ever. We continued on our battle and provided services to the infected patients. Our COVID 19 Response:

  • 526 tele-counseling to COVID infected patients
  • 96 Support calls to frontline workers i.e. ASHAS & ANMs
  • COVID sensitization was the element of all our workshops in PHCs, CHCs and Schools
  • Our team was continuously raised awareness and fought misinformation the whole year
  • Provision of medical equipment to the District Hospital
  • Provision of Financial Aid to ASHA and ANM workers

Research Studies

Why the willingness to return to the city? A study from Uttarakhand on ‘Reversal of Reverse Migration.’ Submitted for publication.
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

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Sustainable community mental health services: a description and review of an integrated care model in Uttar Pradesh, India
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

This paper describes a sustainable community mental health program delivering services integrated with primary health care in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Mental health services were integrated into the community-based primary health programs of Ramakrishna Mission, Varanasi (RKM)

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Pehchan Training Curriculum: MSM, Transgender and Hijra Community systems strengthening.
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

Mental Health Module: by Ms Monica Kumar, Manas Foundation. Among the high-risk groups for HIV-AIDS are men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders (TG), and hijras (MTH). The vulnerability of MTH persons to HIV is

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State of mental health in Delhi: Prevalence of psychiatric morbidity, subjective wellbeing, and patterns of help-seeking behavior among the general population of Delhi.
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

This landmark study was conducted by Manas on behalf of The Planning Commission of India and is now authoritative source material for a variety of Delhi-centric programs and studies. It was supported by the Socio -

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Action research on the mental health issues of urban disadvantaged youth
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

The research aimed at Mapping the happiness barometers of youth i.e., their levels of hope, aspirations, enthusiasm, and ambition, on a specially constructed scale. The sample comprised of 500 youth from 10 different NGOs all over

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Study of School Counselling Services in Delhi Government Schools with United Nations Population Fund, (UNFPA), India
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

In the academic year 2015-2016, the UNFPA commissioned Manas Foundation to undertake a ‘Study of School Counselling Services’ in Delhi Government Schools. Manas carried out an in-depth qualitative study of the current status of the counselling

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Mental health impact of the COVID -19 pandemic on reverse migrant workers in Uttarakhand – A cross-sectional study
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

Accepted for publication in the Indian Journal of Social Psychology   The announcement of a nationwide lockdown in India in March 2020 in response to the CoVID-19 pandemic led to an exodus of migrant workers back

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