India - List of Projects

 


We have a number of projects in India, please click the tabs below to find out more about each project.

Delhi - CFMH Som Datt Medical Centre

Som Datt is a general medical clinic, it runs a mental health division with a psychiatrist and psychologist in its team of doctors provided by CFMH.

We introduced the addition of treatment for mental illness, provide staff and ideology, educational psychiatric camps that encourage the community to identify their relatives with mental illness and bring them to the clinic for free treatment. They hold psychiatric camps in the community to educate the public and offer treatment when they come.

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Senior Citizen Support Group

To uplift the mental health of the senior citizens, we have run a group program over the last 6 years. The elderly relatives are largely financially, emotionally and socially dependent on their children, who themselves are, in the modern world, short of financial means and time, this leads to the elderly becoming neglected and depressed, in addition to suffering the usual medical ailments of the aged. In order to uplift their mental health, we run a program to bring the community of the senior citizens together.

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Medical health is of interest to them. Lectures given by one of our many in-house doctors or a professional from other hospitals explain the diseases common among the elderly, they become topics of an interactive discussion, people are able to ask questions and receive a professional reply.


The members were asked how they benefitted from our program. These were their responses:

 

  • They appreciate the value of life, they try and lead each day to the fullest
  • They have more awareness of their own health and hygiene and have started taking care of themselves rather than neglecting themselves.
  • They have formed new friendships and the feeling of being isolated and loneliness is abating
  • Due to the newly gained knowledge from the centre they are taken more seriously at home.
  • They have a place where they can share their problems and get group support, and also the comfort in knowing that someone else also has a similar problem and they are not alone.
  • The fear of death which runs as a common thread does not feel so fearful anymore.

Helping children and their parents psychologically through interesting & indirect ways

We organize a yearly art competition for the children according to their age groups. The art was used as a means to work on developing self-esteem. Each child had to draw a picture of themselves and write down 7 qualities they liked about themselves (idea being to recognize one's good qualities to build self-esteem).


The 2nd part was to draw somebody who you admire/like and what qualities you like about that person. Whilst the children were being 'tested on their drawing skills', inadvertently focusing on building self- esteem, the parents had discussions with the psychiatrist about their concernsand problems in parenting, so receiving support!


 

Mehsana, Gujarat

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Dr.Ajay Chauhan,Founder Trustee, Altruist / Dava & Dua
Head of Ahmedabad Mental Health Hospital, Secretary, Mental Health Gujarat.

Shrines (Durgahs) in India develop a reputation for offering relief from suffering, this Durgah in Mehsana is known to help people with mental illness if they come to pray here.


India_CFMH_02.pngThe sufferers come with their families, stay for weeks at the shrine. While they pray, psychological and psychiatric interventions are offered via work with the religious head/priest, the Mojaver of the shrine, who is an expert in identifying those with psychiatric illness. He refers those he identifies to the psychiatric clinic on the premises, they are given medication and treatment. The 'cure' comes with dua (prayer) and dava (medication).


In collaboration with The Altruist, Concern for Mental Health started a rehabilitation program for the attendees at the shrine. While the mentally ill devotees pray, and get medication and stay at the shrine during their recovery, they are taught rehabilitative skills. Arrangements are made for them to have structure to their day during free time, in between prayers.


India_CFMH_2017_03.pngSome of the activities are shown here. They are taught candle making, packing of spices, tailoring, and other skills, as depicted below, that will enable them to earn money. Their time, sometimes up to six weeks stay at the shrine, becomes constructive while they heal through prayer and medicine, therapy in the form of group support.