OUR ENDEAVOURS

PROJECT SAMARTHAN

PROJECT SATYAM

SUMMER INTERNSHIP

COMMUNITY PROJECT

OLD AGE HOME

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

ART EXHIBITIONS

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

PROJECT SAMARTHAN

AT TIHAR PRISON

In our collaboration with Tihar Jail, Project Samarthan, provides Psychological First Aid to the inmates of the said prison. This is a first of its kind initiative in India and second in the world after Pennsylvania State Penitentiary, which adapted and implemented this kind of an intervention towards mental well-being in prison setting. Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in immediate aftermath of a disaster and terrorism to reduce initial distress and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. Not only coming behind bar but also working inside the bar is stressful and takes a toll on mental health. The insidious prevalence of mental health disorders amongst the prison population is a challenge that needs to be addressed at the outset. We strongly felt this crisis and therefore we stepped forward with Project Samarthan.

PROJECT SATYAM

FUNDED BY DST, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

We initiated another Project Satyam to study the “effect of 30 minutes of Yoga and Meditation and lifestyle modification in comparison to standard treatment on persons with mild to moderate depressive disorders” funded by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The project was initiated based upon our clear understanding that the modern medicine alone can’t be sufficient enough for the treatment and/or remission of illnesses. Therefore, the alternative options of treatment from the treasure of our ancient methods may turn out to be highly effective in both the ways, financially and clinically. This research will be a landmark study as it is a specifically designed and customized Yoga program which would cater to the specific needs of the illnesses. This method will be useful to prevent relapse of depressive disorders in patients. It may also lead to reduction in the doses of antidepressant medication, reducing the cost & duration of the treatment and side effects of the medication. Therefore, it can be effectively used as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy or as an alternative treatment for mild to moderate depressive disorder.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP

FOR PSYCHOLOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Every year, in the month of June, we organize a 30 days internship program for students interested in psychology and in the field of mental health. The 30 days program emphasizes on experiential learning through OPD Exposure, Community Work, Workshops and Self-Help Sessions. The Field Visits includes Government and Private Hospitals, Clinics and Rehabilitation Centres. The program aims to connect students of psychology with leading mental health professionals and institutes to help them gain clinical exposure along with their personal growth. In June 2019, we will be organizing our 5th Summer Internship program. The registrations for the same will open tentatively on 1st April 2019.

COMMUNITY PROJECT

AT KIRTI NAGAR & RACE COURSE

For three consecutive years, we worked in the slums of Kirti Nagar, New Delhi executing one of its kind initiative of taking mental health services at the doorstep of people from low socio-economic background. As part of the project, we adopted a community of 6000 residents and organized various, Public Awareness Programs, Patient Registration Drives, Mental Health Camps and Follow Up Visits. The project received immense positive response from all the sections of the society and was extremely effective in providing free or discounted mental health intervention at the ground level. In 2017, we adopted another community at Vivekananda Camps, Race Course, New Delhi for a research based mental health intervention. The project is in progress with support of our experts and a team of volunteers that visits the said community on Sundays.

OLD AGE HOME

WITH HELPAGE INDIA

We collaborated with Helpage India, a leading charity platform in India working for disadvantaged elderly for more than four decades, to provide expert psychiatric services initially at a centre ran by The Earth Saviours Foundation, Bhandhawari Village, Near Teri Golf Course, Gurugram, Haryana. Globally, the population is aging rapidly. According to WHO, the portion of the World’s population over 60 years will nearly double from 12-22%. Moreover, more than 20% of the adults aged 60 and above, suffer from mental disorders, excluding headache disorder.

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY

AT AIIMS, NEW DELHI

Since 2014, every year on October 10, we celebrate the World Mental Health Day in association with Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi at JLN Auditorium, AIIMS, New Delhi. After organizing a Conference and Conclaves in first three years, in 2017 we organized India's First Mental Health Festival which witnessed participation of more than 1000 people from more than 15 states of India and fewer countries abroad. In 2018, with India’s Biggest Mental Health Festival, Mental Health Foundation (India) put forth its 5th Celebration of World Mental Health Day. The Festival brought together the youth of this country to express themselves, exchange ideas and start a dialogue on how important their mental health is. By laying great emphasis on art and its relation to mental health, we provided a platform for individuals to explore themselves and their idea of mental health through creative means and promote mental well-being. The Festival was a call to the Youth of the Nation to take responsibility for bringing about the change in mental health that this country needs.

ART EXHIBITIONS

DECORATIVE DIYAS & CHOCOLATES

Every year we celebrate the festive season by putting up exhibitions and sales of homemade chocolates and creative materials like designed diyas, candles, greeting cards and more which are prepared by the patients and the volunteers. The amount raised by selling the material is used for activities towards mental health awareness. We organized these exhibitions at Delhi Haat with support from Government of India, AIIMS and various leading colleges like Gargi College, Kamla Nehru College and Daulat Ram College of University of Delhi.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

WORKSHOPS, TALKS & DRIVES

We have conducted Workshops, Talks and Mental Health Awareness Desks & Drives in number of Schools, Colleges, Corporate and independently as well. The institutions covered includes IP College for Women, Gargi College, Kamala Nehru Colleges, Delhi College of Art and Commerce, Daulat Ram College, Zakir Hussain College and Ambedhkar University. Our experts and team have also been invited as speakers and participants at eminent platforms including Harvard, World Health Organization (WHO), NDTV, SAARC and various programs on mental health organized by the Government of India.