Our Impact

Our Model

Focusing on the root cause of stigma

Foundations of Partnership

We look for partners who share the same vision as The MINDS Foundation – a commitment to reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. We believe that the impact necessary to create a world in which anyone can seek the help they need can only be done by partnering with local communities, activists, thought leaders, academic institutions, and passionate individuals.

Community Education

We believe that education surrounding mental health is a critical component that needs to be addressed in order to diminish the stigma surrounding it. In order to address this component, we organize evidence-based mental health education workshops in rural villages. Our team works closely with CMHWs and local village leaders to establish a relationship allowing us to host impactful educational programming. Workshops include discussion, Q&A, visual aids, street plays, interaction with mental health professionals, and a video documentary explaining and depicting mental health symptoms and disorders. The community is provided with a list of resources as well as being left with visual aids and educational materials.

Access to Care

We are committed to providing only the most high-quality care. MINDS does not have a healthcare facility nor does it directly provide medical care. Instead, we network with local clinics servicing village communities in which we work. Community members and CMHW, trained by MINDS, refer those they feel need assistance. Thereafter, our team provides an initial counselling session and works with patients to assist them in getting the proper care they need. This entails linking them with government schemes as well as with local health clinics.

Patient Stories

Capacity Building

Community Mental Health Workers

We hire and train community members to be mental health workers. The community mental health workers (CMHWs) are at the frontline of our programs. They use their familiarity with the community and leverage their social networks so that we may efficiently reach more people. Furthermore, they support patients through their recovery and continue to educate the community about mental health by hosting workshops and peer support groups. This program not only allows us to increase access to care but mobilizes the community to take charge and improve the halth of their own members. Investing in local stakeholders allows us to have a long-term impact.

School Mental Health Education

Medical literature shows that targeting mental health issues at a young age can result in better outcomes later in life. Currently, India has the highest rate of youth suicide in the world, standing at 35.5 persons for every 100,000. Globally, there is 1 suicide occurring every 40 seconds.  Youth are also essential to the dissemination of information and change in the perceptions of mental health. Therefore, we strive to focus on delivering mental health education to youth in schools. This program is tailored to cover topics such as autism, OCD, depression, anxiety, self-image, suicide, cyber-bullying, substance & alcohol use, eating disorders, and internet addiction.

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Annual Report

Scroll down to view our 2013, 2012 and 2011 Annual Reports. Please contact us at info [at] mindsfoundation.org for high resolution versions of our Annual Reports.

MINDS 2013 Annual Report

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MINDS2012 Annual Report

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MINDS2011 Annual Report

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