Monday, December 23, 2013

Annual day at Schizophrenia Awareness Association Pune.




Annual day at Schizophrenia Awareness Association, Pune.

Schizophrenia Awareness Association Pune works for people suffering from Schizophrenia and other mental illness and for the caregivers of such persons. SAA's main objectives are;
To create awareness and remove the stigma about Schizophrenia and other mental disorders in the community.
To create Self Help Group Activities for persons with mental illness and their parents -care givers.
To provide day care and rehabilitation activities for persons with mental illness.

For more information;

www.schizophrenia.org.in

SAA held their 14th annual day on 18th of Dec 13' at their Dhayari centre in Pune. The event was presided over by founder of SAA Dr. Jagannath Wani and President of SAA -Amrit Bakshy, other members of SAA and care givers. Ratna Chibber and Tanya Dutt from Aasha attended the event and were honoured for their work as caregivers.

Below are links to articles that covered the event;


PUNE MIRROR:

http://www.punemirror.in/article/2/20131219201312191007241777f76a970/Schizophrenia-convention-brings-caregivers-together.html

SAKAAL TIMES

http://epaper.sakaaltimes.com/SakaalTimes/19Dec2013/Normal/page2.htm



Saturday, June 15, 2013

CABINET CLEARS MENTAL HEALTH CARE BILL


THE HINDU JUNE 14TH 2013 - AARTI DHAR
The Union Cabinet on Thursday cleared the Mental Health Care Bill, 2013 that makes access to mental health care a right of all persons. Such services should be affordable, of good quality and available without discrimination, it said. The proposed law decriminalises suicide.
The Bill, in consonance with international laws, has the provision of Advance Directives — described as a progressive and far-sighted step. No person who has recorded an Advance Directive to State that he or she should not be admitted to a facility without consent can be so admitted.
A rights-based Bill also has a provision wherein a person with mental illness can appoint a nominated representative to take decisions for him or her. Under the provisions of the Bill, government has an obligation to provide half way homes, community caring centres and other shelters for mentally ill people. This has been planned under the District Mental Health Programme in the 12th Plan.
In 2005, the National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health reported that 10-12 million or one to two per cent of the population suffered from severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and nearly 50 million or five per cent from common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety, yielding an overall estimate of 6.5 per cent of the population. The prevalence of mental disorders was higher among women, those who were homeless, poor and living in urban areas, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told The Hindu.
The new Bill, once approved by Parliament, will repeal the Mental Health Act, 1987, which had vested extraordinary power in the hands of the treating psychiatrists. There was enough evidence of misuse and unscrupulous families collaborating with psychiatrists in addition to badly functional or non-functional Central and Mental Health Authorities primarily because of lack of funds.
Under the proposed new law, there is provision for voluntary admission with supported admission limited to specific circumstances; appeals can be made to the Mental Health Review Commission, which will also review all admission beyond 30 days and free care for all homeless, destitute and poor people suffering from mental disorder. The Bill provides right to confidentiality and protection from cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, in addition to right to live in a community and legal aid. It bans the electric-convulsive therapy without anaesthesia and restricts psychosurgery, Mr. Azad said.
He said the Bill tries to address the needs of the families and caregivers, and the needs of the homeless mentally ill. It provides for setting up Central and State Mental Health Authorities, which would act as administrative bodies, while the Mental Health Review Commission would be a quasi-judicial body to oversee the functioning of mental health facilities and protect the rights of persons with mental illness in mental health facilities.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Environment Awareness on World Environment Day at AASHA

 A program on Environment awareness was held at AASHA on World Environment Day June 5th. 
Mr. Lakshminarayan - General Manager Utilities & Services at Hyundai Motors spoke to our residents on the importance of saving water and caring for our surroundings. 
A lively and informative session with the residents interacting with Mr. Lakshminarayan who was graciously answering their curious questions on the environment.









Mr. Manuel is one of the founding members and Treasurer of AASHA. Here he talks about his journey over 43 years as a care giver to son.

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