Book chapter / Mental Health Care in Kerala

Mental Health Service Provision and Enabling Agency Among Clients, Caregivers: The Case of Rural Mental Health Programme of The Banyan. (121-59)

In Balagopal, Gayathri, and Aruna Rose Mary Kapanee. Mental Health Care Services in Community Settings: Discussions on NGO Approaches in India. Singapore: Springer, 2019.

Abstract: The Banyan was founded in 1993 in Chennai to provide comprehensive care to homeless women with mental illness. After the Tsunami in 2004, The Banyan responded to the needs of distressed villagers of Kovalam with relief and rehabilitation work, which resulted in something more concrete—a community mental health programme.

The Rural Mental Health Programme has witnessed the formation of formal and informal coalitions with different stakeholders in the community like the Dargah, local self-government institutions (panchayat) self-help group members, government staff of anti-poverty programmes and health system and clients and caregivers themselves. The staff of The Banyan along with client–caregiver support have entered the space of advocacy for health and social entitlements.

About the book: This book discusses approaches used by NGOs in formulating and implementing mental health care in the community in the context of high treatment gap, insufficient public expenditure on health, human resource shortages, heterogeneity of communities as well as cultural beliefs in India.

It uses a qualitative case study approach to document and analyse the work of some major NGO-run community mental health programmes in India, all of which cater to vulnerable populations and are in different and diverse regional settings. It casts the spotlight on envisioning community mental health in policy and law, implementation by the government, how it is practised by select NGOs and the challenges involved in programme implementation.

More info: www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811391002

Shared to the eGroup by V. Sriram, Chief Librarian, K. N. Raj Library, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

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