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Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Developing Countries
NGO Innovations in India

Edited by:
  • Vikram Patel - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London and Sangath Centre, Goa
  • R Thara - Schizophrenia Research Foundation, Chennai


© 2003 | 400 pages | SAGE India
`A worthwhile collection of experiences from several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) across India in the field of mental health.... A useful sourcebook in gaining insight of the various non-formal efforts in mental health care delivery in India' - Psychological Medicine

In the third world, research evidence shows that mental disorders are amongst the commonest and most disabling health problems in the community. The enormous scale of the burden of mental illness becomes worse because of poor access and availability of appropriate health care for most of the sufferers.

The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have played an important role in filling gaps and innovating new models of health care in under-served populations, but their work has rarely been documented.

This book is the first comprehensive documentation of the NGO movement that deals with mental health problems in India. It has brought together 17 different NGOs from all regions of the country. They deal with a wide range of mental health and allied issues, from severe mental disorders to substance abuse to trauma and violence to suicide prevention and dementia in the elderly. Successes and limitations of each NGO as a service provider have been critically examined.

This book also demonstrates the innovative methods adopted by the NGOs to meet the needs and challenges of mental health. In the last chapter, the editors have drawn lessons from the experience of the NGOs and have linked them to the thematic issues pertaining to the NGO role in mental health services in the country.

V Patel and R Thara
Introduction
The Role of NGOs in Mental Health Care  
 
PART ONE: SEVERE MENTAL DISORDERS
R Thara
Meeting the Challenges of Chronic Mental Illness
The SCARF Experience  
Lata M Jacob and Ellen B Shinde
The Medico-Pastoral Association
Need-Based Initiatives by Volunteers in Mental Health Care  
S Kalyanasundaram
Rehabilitation against the Odds
The RFS Experience  
Joyce Siromani
Paripurnata
A Hope for Wholeness  
S Chatterjee, A Chatterjee and S Jain
Developing Community-Based Services for Serious Mental Illness
A Rural Setting  
 
PART TWO: CHILD MENTAL HEALTH
Pramila Balasundaram
Kaizen at the Grassroots
The Samadhan Experience  
Nadita de Souza and Vikram Patel
Sangath
Families as Partners  
PC Shastri and Tehmi Shroff
The Research Society for the Care, Treatment and Training of Children in Need of Special Care
Apurva Shah and Venugopal
Antarnad
A Dream in the Making  
 
PART THREE: WOMAN'S MENTAL HEALTH
Jasjit Purewall
Gender, Violence, Sexuality and Health
Redefining the Matrix  
Bhargavi Davar
Centring 'Woman' in Mental Health
 
PART FOUR: SUICIDE PREVENTION AND COUNSELLING
Lakshmi Vijayakumar
Sneha
Working with Suicide  
Amresh Shrivastava
Suicide Behaviour Is a Window for Mental Health
The Prerana Initiative  
 
PART FIVE: SUBSTANCE ABUSE
V Thirumagal and Shanthi Ranganathan
Facing Challenges in the Field of Addiction
Molly Charles and Gabriel Britto
Toward a Humane Drugs Policy and Programme
 
PART SIX: FAMILIES OF THE MENTALLY ILL
Nirmala Srinivasan
The Story of AMEND
The Association of the Mentally Disabled  
K Jacob Roy
A Beacon of Hope for the Victims of Dementia
ADRDS  
R Thara and Vikram Patel
NGOs in Mental Health
Meeting the Need  

`A worthwhile collection of experiences from several non-governmental organizations (NGO) across India in the field of mental health.... A useful sourcebook in gaining insight of the various non-formal efforts in mental health care delivery in India' - Psychological Medicine

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