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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.

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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

Models of Psychiatry: Science and Mythology of understanding mental disorder.
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

Published in Int J Contemporary Medicine (2018) Vol. 6 No. 1 (131-32) This article explores the concept of ‘truth’ as understood in scientific disciplines, and the implications it has on the evolution of the understanding of

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The Role of Belief Systems and Shared Culture on Mental Health
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

Published in Int J Contemporary Medicine (2018) Vol. 6 No. 1 (128-30) This paper posits that the lived beliefs arising from the concept of the mythical Kashi can explain the adaptive social behaviors and support systems

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Telepsychiatry in integrated care: A retrospective comparative study from Uttar Pradesh.
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

Publication under process Lack of affordable and accessible mental health care is a major contributor to a huge burden of mental health disorders in India. Integrating mental health into primary care is a model proposed to

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Evaluation of postpartum depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in evaluation of postpartum depression in a rural community in India
Manas Foundation November 24, 2021

Published in: International Journal of Social Psychiatry (1999) Vol. 46 No. 1 (74-75) Our findings suggested that several factors peculiar to our setting diminish the acceptability of an EPDS-like approach. An alternative approach to elicit the

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Gender sensitisation training: Haryana roadways bus drivers
Manas Foundation October 6, 2021

Manas Foundation September 27th, 2021 Gender sensitization training is being conducted with all Haryana roadways bus drivers and conductors under IGL's CSR initiative and  Manas Foundation "Baribari ki Dagar Safer Safar" Programme. The training program also covers

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Teacher in towel, flashing porn clips: online sex abuse spikes
Manas Foundation June 30, 2021

by Ambika Pandit  | Jun 25, 2021, 13:40 IST With the pandemic pushing people to work, study and even socialize remotely, reports of e-classes, webinars, and conferences being disrupted by predators have become a constant feature A 15-year-old

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Caution, care for kids battling abandonment in isolation at CCIs
Manas Foundation June 30, 2021

On National Stress Awareness Day, Let’s See How You Can Combat Stress by  Abhay Singh  | 16 Jun 2021 1:08 AM New Delhi: In the last one and a half years of the pandemic here, a

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