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Kumaon, Uttarakhand

Several of us in the Manas Team share a close personal association with Uttarakhand and its hardy folk. In its remote interiors, we have seen firsthand how poverty, lack of access to services, and lack of awareness of mental health all combine to impose a huge burden on the community. Over the years, many families have reached out to us with their mental health problems.

In early 2020, we decided to initiate a mental health service in this region that would be led and driven by the community itself.  After gaining support from the village pradhans, CAMP Kumaon was conceptualized in Ganoli village of District Almora. We recruited a motivated youth from within the village and trained him for 4 months in field work in mental health.
For making Mental health service available to the population of Kumaon we take a multi-pronged approach
We provide our mental health services at the Community Health Centre – in person & video counselling + in person and video psychiatric consultations

  • Community outreach efforts to disburse essential psychoeducational information amongst the residents of Kumaon
  • Regular training programmes for doctors and other paramedical staff members
  • Health camps for women residing in Kumaon