Institutionalizing Mental Health at Corporate Institutions

Our journey so far has focused on making mental health synonymous with well-being, productivity, creativity, positivity and growth. Our awareness campaigns for institutions and organizations are steps in the direction of active advocacy towards recognizing mental health concerns and encouraging help seeking behavior.  Therefore Manas works towards generating demand for mental health services, and also help in reducing the shame and stigma attached towards accessing mental health care. To meet the supply end, Manas provides its services customized to the context of the emerging needs of individuals and organizations. We have had multiple partnerships in the past with organizations for creating an enabling environment for their employees with respect to generating awareness about mental health, gender equality and acceptance towards diversity. We have also customized and designed long term mental health and gender sensitization programmes which cater to the needs highlighted by management of the partner organizations for their employees.

Our Corporate Partners

For over 2 years we delivered one such programme with HCL Technologies where our experts would visit the premised of the organization and conduct predesigned workshops and therapy sessions with the employees there. Other such need based interventions have also been designed for organizations such as Cox and Kings, HONDA etc. in the past. With the The Oberoi Group of Hotels on board we conduct one on one therapy for employees and associates stationed across hotels in Oberois. We also conduct need based customized workshops on mental health awareness, capacity building of HR managers towards mental health sensitivity and support. Teach for India: Early 2020 we initiated the roll out of a mental health support programme for the fellows at Teach for India in Delhi. Our engagement entails conducting monthly mental health capacity building sessions with fellows clubbed with conducting therapy sessions with them. During the second wave of the pandemic Xogene reached out to us with the purpose of availing our psychotherapy services. We collaborated with them to first organise an interactive session on mental health awareness to reduce stigma surrounding health concerns and promote help seeking behaviours. After a successful group session Manas Foundation is the official mental health partner for Xogene and has been providing psychotherapy to the staff members at Xogene as and when requested by them.

Mental Health Helpline

At Manas we receive calls for multiple issues like anxiety, depression, anger management, OCD’s, learning disability, fears and phobias, mood disorders, and marital conflicts on daily basis. Apart from this, we also receive calls about caregivers concerns for people with mental health needs, career guidance, eating disorders, disruptive behaviours and impulse control. Other issues include conduct disorder, work life balance, substance abuse and addiction, and traumas.

Therefore, Manas started a mental health helpline focusing on the following three key areas

Immediate Psychological Support

We listen, understand and provide support to our callers with utmost sensitivity and care. Myths are dispelled around mental health issues while maintaining anonymity and confidentiality.

Psycho-education

The callers are sensitised about their current concerns and recommended adequate steps. The most prevalent problems are depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, low self-esteem, anxiety attacks, suicidal ideation and issues of dealing with people with mental illness by family members. Information on available resources within communities for assistance is also dispensed. Post the telephonic counseling, callers understand the normality of their concerns and are able to seek appropriate help.

Guidance and Reference

We provide guidance and references in a de-stigmatized and a sensitive environment to aid the caller.

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