The Roshini Project provides awareness and access to medical services for people with mental illness and helping community members to reduce alcohol abuse and domestic violence.
People with mental illness in north India face many barriers in their search for healing and wholeness. Psychiatrists are very scarce, community awareness is very limited, and general health care facilities are often reluctant or unable to offer appropriate care. Overall, stigma and discrimination remain powerful influences in the rural villages and towns.
The goal of the Roshini Project is that community members will have more understanding about mental health issues and that people who have mental illnesses will be able to access appropriate health care. Toward this goal, the team identifies people living with mental illness in the surrounding area and help them to access medical treatment from the psychiatrist at Duncan Hospital. Ongoing education about the illness and its treatment are provided to ensure compliance with the treatment regimen.
Vision: Empowering people with mental disability in East Champaran District, Bihar.
2019 Budget: $12,000
Breakdown of specific costs to provide medical services to one person with mental illness (per month):
- Seizure - $140/month
- Common mental disorder - $12/month
- Severe mental disorder - $30/month
To support education for children and youth with disabilities:
- Vocational/skills training for one youth - $200
- Education for one child at special learning centre - $200
- Linkage with government private school - $100
Goals for 2019:
- For the communities to become organized as groups and able to own the projects and programs
- For our work to be recognized and valued by the local government authorities.