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With a vision of bringing sustainable change in the community mental health scenario, the programme in Bihar and Jharkhand started in the year 2002 June with 25 implementing partners in 16 districts. Out of 25 partners, 11 partners in Jharkhand (Hazaribag, Ranchi, Saraikela-Kharsawan, Koderma, Loherdaga, Garhwa, Palamu, Godda, Dumka districts) and 14 partners in Bihar (Nalanda, Nawada, Gaya, Patna, Bhojpur, Chakai, Muzaffarpur districts). The programme now covers 2714 villages of 35 blocks of 16 districts in both the states.

Facts and Figures

(PLWMI - persons with mental illness)
No of PLWMIs identified
No of PLWMIs currently under treatment
No of PLWMIs stabilised
Persons with mental illness who're involved in income generation activities
With Loan from Bank
With Loan from SHG
With Support from NBJK's Mental Health Programme
With Support from Organization's Other Programme
With Self or Family support
Male
3596
3397
2454
779
1
1
349
4
424
Female
2513
2379
1688
482
1
0
236
3
242
Total
6109
5776
4142
1261
2
1
585
7
666
  • All PLWMIs are followed up at their door step and counseled
  • 5786 Individual files of PLWMIs being updated every month
  • Computerized database software is developed and used for keeping record of all people living with mental illness
Besides the numbers above, there are more positive changes that happened within community
  • Community is sensitized and destigmatized towards mental illness as it has started accepting people living with mental illness
  • There is rise is self-identification of mental illness as people can identify the signs and symptoms by themselves
  • Women will mental illness after getting stabilized have been reintegrated into their families or got married
  • people living with mental illness are now part of Self Help Groups along with other people
  • people living with mental illness getting job cards under NREGS for their livelihood
  • Community helping people living with mental illness to unite and form a pressure group called "Manashik Rog Sangharsh Samiti" from panchayat to state level
  • RTI Act 2005 used to access information to do advocacy for implementation of DMHP (District Mental Health Programme) by state governments
  • people living with mental illness after stabilized taking the role of volunteers under the programme
  • With regular advocacy efforts, Government of Jharkhand is conducting four outreach camps at four different places in the state, every month
  • Government of Jharkhand now providing mental health services at three district head quarters through DMHP
  • Government of Bihar is now providing mental health services (OPD services only) though the only mental hospital
Bihar - Jharkand