As you all know any service with reference to mental health will not be successful unless you reach out to the community. In rural areas of Tamilnadu, many villagers still believe mental illness is caused by evil spirits, and karma of past life. So-called traditional healing, conducted by priests, can include chaining up the mentally ill, chanting spells, poking them with pins, or beating them "to force the spirits out."
"There's little awareness that it's a real illness and most people think it's all a figment of your imagination" said Dr. Indira Sharma, Varanasi-based president of the Indian Psychiatric Society. There's still a very deep stigma. With a population of 1.2 billion people, India has only 4,000 psychiatrists, compared with 100,000 in the U.S., about 4,500 in California alone. “Stigma towards, and discrimination against, people with mental disorders is an important barrier to mental health service utilization in India. It contributes to delays in seeking care, impedes timely diagnosis and treatment for mental disorders, serves as an impediment to recovery and rehabilitation, and ultimately reduces the opportunity for fuller participation in life. All these issues prevent those with mental illness from addressing their issues personally or seeking help professionally. Making community aware about mental health alone will help to fill the huge gap between stigmas associated with mental illness to accessibility of mental health services.
This can be eradicated through awareness programmes. The goal of community awareness is to increase the community’s knowledge of the available programs and services offered and also it advocates & networks available services that are offered by the government. This is accomplished by informing the general public through various activities.
An average more than 150 awareness programmes are organized in various capacities. We partner with NGOs, panchayut & government agencies, DMHP, Puthu vaazhvu project etc. to sensitize public
Community Capacity building Programmes
Community Capacity building is a conceptual approach to development that focuses on understanding the obstacles that inhibit people, government officials and non-governmental organizations from realizing their developmental goals while enhancing the abilities that will allow them to achieve measurable and sustainable results. We organize capacity building training programmes at all the level of government staffs, teaching and non teaching professionals, and non- governmental organization’s staffs.
Stress Management Training to Industrial workers
The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2011-“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.Stress is the main factor of all psychological issues in industrial settings. So ARF has planned to conduct free stress management programmes for industrial workers. As of our plans we organize free stress management programmes to industrial workers in Tiruchirappalli block. All the programmes are handled by psychologists and other mental health professionals. Many micro and macro organizations have benefitted and needy clients are referred to our partner hospital for expert management.
Overall we are proud to have touched the lives of at least 3 millions populations.