The Community Mental Health and Development programme (CMHD) was started in 2002 in four panchayats of two districts of Kerala with 2 partner organizations through the mediation of the nodal resource group ADD India. The primary objective of the program was to include PLWMI in to the development processes.

During this implementation phase the focus was on the following: - identification of Persons Living with Mental Illness (PLWMI), livelihoods support and linkages, mobilizing community support, inclusion of PLWMI and family members in the community groups, building community support groups and activating the systems related to treatment through advocacy.   

The present phase of the program is aiming at sustaining the changes and creating an environment where people living with mental illness can lead life with dignity and their rights are respected and gets support from communities for their care and rehabilitation. CMHD has been integrated into the organizations’ policy and programs. The state level alliance (informal) of people living with mental illness and their supporters along with BNI continues to advocate with the authorities for meeting the needs of people living with mental illness.

The programme is being implemented by one partner in 2 blocks in 2 districts, Kannur and Idukki.

Facts and Figures

(PLWMI - persons with mental illness)

No of PLWMIs identified
No of PLWMIs currently under treatment
No of PLWMIs stabilised
No of PLWMIs involved in income generation activities

Over the last 7 years of initiative, there are many quantitative and qualitative changes that have happened to the life circumstances of PLWMI

  • The improvements in the quality of life of 375 PLWMI and their carers in the program.
  • The over all male female ratios are 45.86 : 54.13 which shows more women are identified and community accepting mental illness as any other illness.
  • Over all 62.93% of people are under regular treatment and 50.84% of all under treatment are stable and they are mainstreamed in to the community activities.
  • Rise is identification of common mental disorder
  • In all program locations (partner areas) the associations of PLWMI and carers are meeting regularly and started being active.
  • Volunteers of these associations are taking varying levels of responsibilities for identification, referral and family support of PLWMIs (even though in some locations the associations are in infancy)
  • Caregivers associations, Disability federations, Partner organizations are influencing local Panchayats to include people living with mental illness in all the poverty alleviation schemes.
  • The network established earlier by all the partners continues.