Our psychosocial model of Mental health: Moving beyond the medical model.
Delivering comprehensive mental health services:
Our strength is our ability to provide both counseling and psychiatric interventions, integrated with one another. These interventions are provided both as direct delivery services andplugged in with key interventionslike thepublic health systems, Education, and other Civil society Organizations.
We look to create both demand and supply for mental health. Our Awareness programs bring forth the latent mental health needs of the community, which we then meet by building capacities and making services available.
- Creating Awareness:
Mental health problems in the community tend to remain hidden and unacknowledged. Generating awareness after assessing the specific needs of the community unmasks the pent-up demand for mental health services.All of this is done with a keen understanding and respect for the culture and beliefs of the communities we work within.This helps to mainstream mental health issues andmakes our interventions more acceptable to the community.
- Building Capacities of stakeholders:
In every program, we identify the main stakeholders. Whether they are Medical Officers in PHC’s, Superintendents in Residential Homes, or ASHA/ANM workers, we work with them to improve their capacities in Mental Health. This includes training in identification, referral, and basic psychosocialinterventions. Enabling persons who are the first points of contact with these skills makes mental health care more cost-effective.Buildingin this ‘last mile connectivity’ makes our servicesaccessible to those who most need it.
- Embedding mental health services with existing programs of partner organizations:
This is exemplified in our partnership with RamaKrishna Mission, Varanasi.Mental health services were integrated with demonstrated sustainability into their ongoing primary health care services in the underserved interiors of Mirzapur. The mental health component, christened as the ‘Mansik Soundarya Program’, continues to be delivered under the guidance of Manas.
- Partnership with Government
We have developed a deep understanding of the valuable roles that the Government and the district administration play in the delivery of interventions. We realize thatcollaborating with them is critical to ensure sustainability and achieve scale.
We work closely with theDistrict Hospital and the District Mental health Program, but we also realize that these medicalized services fulfil only part of the needs of the community.Through the complete bouquet of services that make up our psychosocial model, we believe we canreach out in the most effective manner to address acommunity’s mental health needs.
Overview of our Community Mental Health programs active across 5 states of the country.
à lands in: CMH section page Overview of our Mental health Awareness programs
- NirmalChaaya Complex – In 2010, Manas Foundation started an MHU at Nirmal Chaya Complex, a state-run care home for underprivileged women and children with 500-600 short and long-term residents that we cater to through the Mental health Unit every month.
- Children Home for Boys, Lajpat Nagar – Our MHU at CHB, Lajpat Nagar was started in 2011. This MHU provides services to 500-550 individuals per year, implementing innovative psychotherapeutic interventions with boys aged 6-18 years.
- Village Cottage Home, Lajpat Nagar – Village Cottage Home is a children’s home in Lajpat Nagar housing children aged 5-10 years. Coming from backgrounds of poverty and abuse, Manas is involved in preventive and promotive activities in order to ensure their mental wellness and holistic development.
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