Did You Know That…
People struggling with mental disorders are often unable to obtain the required support needed for full recovery because of their disabilities. People with serious mental illness often need to learn or re-learn everyday living skills, such as personal hygiene, communication, cooking, travelling or shopping etc.
Rehabilitation services facilitate them to get involved in community life.
“A whole system approach to recovery from mental ill health, which maximizes an individual’s quality of life and social inclusion, by encouraging their skills, promoting independence and autonomy in order to give them hope for the future and which leads to successful community living through appropriate support.”
“Helen Killaspy et al., ‘What do Mental Health Rehabilitation Services do and what are they for?’
A National Survey in England, 14 Journal of Mental Health 157.163 (Apr. 2005)”
How We Help…
Residential Rehabilitation Services
Residential support and rehabilitation are provided through units that are community based. The Half-Way Home, the Navajeevan Hostel for Extended Care and Long-Term Care are serviced 24 hours by a multi-disciplinary team.
The Half-Way Home
Designed as a home away from home, it is the first facility of its kind in India. It is a place, which provides care and compassion, hastening growth and development hopefully beyond recovery attained through psychiatric treatment. It is a space for a recovering person with mental disorder before he / she is ready to be welcomed into his / her own home. Half-Way Home fosters self-help, self-direction and self-management. The focus here is on learning social skills, managing stress and feelings. Treatment in the Half-Way Home includes principles of behaviour modification, crisis intervention, token economy system, and occupational therapy. The Home accommodates 21 residents and is open to both men and women.
The term of stay usually varies between 3 and 15 months. A stay less than 3 months is not deemed useful. Three bedded rooms are provided to promote social connection. Facilities for indoor & outdoor games are available. We also work with families of our residents.
Navajeevan Hostel For Extended Care
As the residents approach the end of their stay in the Half-Way Home, residents are encouraged to take up work or training outside the home. If, for some reason, they are still not in a position to return to their own home, they have the option of joining the Navajeevan Hostel. This provides a therapeutic community-based rehabilitation for individuals who need extended support to renew their work or learning skills. The Hostel provides:
- Accommodation for 12 men.
- Minimum supervision is extended so as to provide the experience of more independent living.
- The focus is on building interdependent and independent functioning through group interactions and counselling support.
Navajeevan Hostel for Long-Term Care
This facility is for men who need long-term support and rehabilitation to help them cope with disability associated with their illness. It accommodates 8 men. Assistance is provided to promote and maintain recovery and improve the quality of life. This service provides respite to caregivers.
This facility is to support women with mental disorders, who have completed the rehabilitation programme in the Half-Way Home. Assistance is provided to promote and maintain their improved quality of life. This facility has twin cottage and accommodates two residents in each cottage.
Non-Residential Rehabilitation Services
Day Care Services
Day Care Services are offered to support beneficiaries as well as their care givers. They are provided to persons who require help to cope with the limitations associated with mental illness. These clients attend the programmes and activities scheduled for each day and return home in the evening.
This programme encourages travelling and interdependence.
The Medico-Pastoral Association provides counseling for persons in emotional distress or those with mental health problems seeking guidance. It is useful to fix an appointment in advance.
Students of under-graduate / post-graduate courses as well as volunteers are trained in different psycho-social aspects of mental health. At present, training is an informal need-based mode. MPA is working towards a formal training programme in counseling.
Persons in need of information, guidance, and referral in the sphere of disabilities related to mental health avail of the services provided at this Unit. The Unit maintains and updates data to facilitate this service.
Our Guest Cottage is made available to the family members of the residents and those who come for interview at the time of admission. Family members must stay at least a week with the resident during the trial period after admission for facilitating adjustment in the new environment.
- The Guest cottage has two rooms with double bed space and one room with single bed.
- Common bathroom and toilet facilities are provided.
- Individual cupboard space is provided for each person.
- 24 hours geyser and water facility.
- A living room is provided for recreational and social activities.
- Food is provided.
- A multi-purpose hall is available where meetings, group activities like yoga, indoor games are held. Periodically, cultural programmes by residents and staff are also held.
- The hall can seat 150 persons at a time and is used for seminars and for community awareness programmes.
Staff Quarters, Training Center & Guest Room Facility
The building also has staff quarters to accommodate staff as a welfare measure and to ensure 24 hours service to the residents. A hall for training that can seat a maximum of 30 persons is available. It is often used for short-term courses for staff, students, caregivers and other trainees. It is also available to outside organizations to conduct programmes which mesh with MPA policy.
The building also has fully furnished two service apartments available for guests, which are single bedroom with attached bathroom and toilets, and a kitchenette.