Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mentally-unsound women are empowered here

 The deplorable state of destitute women, especially those who are mentally unsound, is
highly agonising subjected to neglect and apathy. But, here is an organisation which not only takes care of homeless mentally unsound women but also empowers them by making them self-reliant.

The organisation named, 'Manasa', (situated at No 4, Lalithadripura Road, KC Layout,Mysore) is involved exclusively for the rehabilitation of homeless and mentally ill   women, ushering in a new lease of life. It is run under the auspices of the Karuna Trust.

Mentally-retarded women are first brought to 'Nirashrithara Parihara Kendra' (Beggars' Home) where they are subjected to medical examination and evaluation. They are provided with medicines alongside therapy and psychiatric counselling.

Once their aggressive behaviour is brought under control, these women will be taught to make candles, greeting cards, door-mats, flower vase, hangers, broom-sticks, embroidery, paper bags, knitting and several others things. According to the Organisation memebers it helps them after rehabilitated to lead life.

At present there are 55 such mentally retarded  women and so far, the Trust has rescued 229 homeless mentally retarded patients from various parts and has rehabilitated 174 patients, in which 17 members are no integrated. Those of whom who are unwilling to go back to their homes will be sent to Orphanages which take care of them till the end of their lives.

There are 12 social workers to take care of these 55 women. They take these women out for a walk daily and involve them in group activities like discussion, prayers, cleaning and various other activities.

Social worker Rekha says, 'Rehabilitation of these homeless, mentally-retarted women and
bringing them back to mainstream of the society by providing medical care is the
motto of 'Manasa'. If normal people come and spend some time with them, it
will aid in their quick recovery.'

Another worker Mamtha says, 'Though some are very aggressive in the beginning, it is
a challenging task to bring them under control. After counseling and suitable medical treatment they become normal.'

The 'Manasa' project was started by Karuna Trust in 2006. The project consists of a Home for treatment and care for mentally ill women-transit care centre, transit care centre, Community Mental Health programme involves equipping Medical Officers in the Primary Health Centres to give treatment in community level. Mental health care will be provided in coordination with nearby primary health centres and doctors who volunteer to offer help.

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