Research at Manas Foundation

Dr. Amiya Banerjee (President and Head, Research and Training )

Studies published, ongoing, and at concept stage at our Community Mental Health program sites at

1. ALMORA UTTARAKHAND 2. DAUSA RAJASTHAN, 3. VARANASI-MIRZAPUR, 4. CHATTISGARH

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The rational of our research

THE INTERACTION OF COMMUNITY, CULTURE, AND MENTAL HEALTH

Culture influences the meanings assigned to every experience, and in turn to every
illness. Modern psychiatry has prioritized a biomedical approach, and cultural understandings of illness have been relegated to the background. While working in our community mental health programs, which are located in remote, isolated and underserved regions, we strive to learn about, and learn from, the beliefs and practices unique to that region. Our services and research attempt to respond to the social, economic and
gender-based realities of people living in these regions, along with their ‘psychiatric’ and ‘psychological’ needs.

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RESEARCH AT CAMP KUMAON, DISTT. ALMORA, UTTRAKHAND

MENTAL HEALTH IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON REVERSE
MIGRANT WORKERS IN UTTARAKHAND – A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY
ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION: INDIAN J SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY

The study aimed to assess the impact of the later phase of the CoVID- 19 pandemic and
lockdown on the reverse migrants, and compare this impact with the local residents, who
have never migrated.
● Door-to-door survey was conducted in the study population, 5-9 months after the
lockdown was announced.
● The study used PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire), GAD-7 (General Anxiety Disorder
Assessment), IES (Impact of Event Scale), and BRIEF-COPE to assess the impact

Findings

● No significant depression or anxiety was found in the reverse migrants group, even though
the impact of the pandemic and lockdown was felt more by them as compared to the
residents group.
● There was no significant difference between the two groups for depression or anxiety.
● These findings can be attributed to factors such as social support from the community
members, engagement in work and the use of approach based coping mechanisms

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