Manas Foundation, a New Delhi-based registered trust, was founded in 2000 by a group of mental health professionals in response to our experience of the growing need for community-based mental healthcare. We feel that the demand for mental health interventions is irrevocable, but remains largely unacknowledged. Coming from the fields of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, we transformed our fundamental clinical practice into a multifaceted program that includes research, advocacy, trainings and a range of last-mile mental health services that reaches marginalized communities.
We understand mental health needs are diverse and span a wide spectrum of ages, social contexts and family structures. With passing time the number of people suffering from depression, anxiety, and mood and personality disorders, troubled relationships, behavioral disorders and learning disabilities (specifically in children), restlessness, mental exhaustion, de-motivation, social isolation has shockingly increased. The experts at Manas handle such cases through specialized clinical services like Psychometric/Diagnostic/Academic Assessments, Psychotherapy, Child Guidance, Individual and Family Counselling, Behaviour Therapy, Psychiatric Treatment and Rehabilitation.
For over a decade now Manas has been actively upholding psychosocial health and wellbeing, in addition to addressing psychological disorders. Manas Foundation’s approach is to view mental health needs through a positive lens. The solutions that Manas has successfully implemented harmonize our work with our mission of providing services that are positive, preventive and promotive, in a way that is accessible and affordable for all sections of the society.
The three critical aspects of our approach to mental health include:
• Understanding mental health from a psycho-social perspective.
• Demonstrating the linkages between mental health, discrimination, poverty and access to justice.
• De-stigmatizing mental health issues and creating both a demand and a supply for mental health care among the most marginalized communities of India.