Work with MINDS Foundation!!

indexThe MINDS Foundation invites competent and qualified individuals to work as Social Worker / Program Executive. The position is based out in Vadodara, Gujarat, includes extensive traveling on two wheeler / public transport in rural areas / villages of Vadodara / Chhota Udepur and Panchmahal districts of Gujarat. Salary will commensurate with the experience and education.

The position is purely on contract basis and will get extension purely on performance and competency level to the job / tasks. The candidate should be compassionate for Mental health and outreach activities to provide with adherence to community peoples in villages. MA Psychology / MSW / MRS / MA Social Work with experience will be preferred.

Interested Prospects shall forward their CV / Resume mentioning subject as (Application for suitable position with MINDS Foundation) via email on cvpost.in@gmail.com and on info@mindsfoundation.org.

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Community Awareness Program on Mental Health in the village of Madodhar

On May 24th, 2016, the MINDS foundation held a community education and awareness presentation in the village of Madodhar, which is located in Waghodiya, District of Vadodara, Gujarat. The staff presented a culturally relevant and appropriate short film explaining Mansik Arogya (mental health). After the film, MINDS staff explained the services the foundation provides and answered questions. Around 120 community members came to view the film and watch the presentation.

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Presentation setup in Madodhar

The presentation began at 7:30 pm and was held in a centrally located area in the village near the temple. Before the presentation, MINDS staff as well as two community leaders went door-to-door inviting community members to attend the event. The staff was welcomed in to the home of several kind and hospitable community members to have a cold soda and a seat to take a short rest. During the presentation, MINDS staff handed out pamphlets detailing signs, symptoms and treatment options relating to mental and neurological illness.

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Community members start gathering a little before 7:30 pm in the center of the village. These women and children are waiting for the presentation to begin 

The purpose of the community awareness program is to educate the public on the full spectrum of mental health, address and combat stigma, provide information regarding treatment options, as well as assist anyone who needs further help and guidance.

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Residents of Madodhar gathered near to village temple to listen to The MINDS Foundation mental health awareness and education presentation

 

Mental Health in Gujarat India, new challenges

Mansik Arogya is the Gujarati term for Mental Health.  The World Health Organization (WHO) defines Mental Health as “a state of well being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

The state of Gujarat is India’s westernmost state. The MINDS Foundation is a nonprofit based in the Vadodara district of Gujarat. The MINDS ( Mental Illness & Neurological Disorders) Foundation is committed to a grassroots approach to eliminate stigma and provide educational, medical, and moral support for patients with mental illness in rural India.

Multiple factors affect mental health including biological, socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental determinants. The ability of a person to deal with illness is highly dependent on their social and economic status.

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MINDS has a three phase program to eliminate stigma and provide cost effective mental health care to rural areas of the Vadodara district:

  • Phase 1: Community Education
  • Phase 2: Counseling & Treatment
  • Phase 3: Reintegration via Community Mental Health Workers

A total of 32 local villages have been reached. Please refer to the official MINDS Foundation website for more details regarding program activities and research. http://www.mindsfoundation.org/

The rural population in Gujarat is particularly vulnerable due to their economic status, cultural diversity, and the influence of India’s unique caste-based social structure.

India’s rapidly growing economy means that this population is facing new health challenges, including a rise in drug and alcohol addiction. Despite Gujarat’s status as  “dry state” bootleggers smuggle daru , or alcohol, from bordering states where the manufacture, sale, storage, and consumption of alcohol is legal.  “Country liquor” or desi daru is an indigenous alcoholic drink produced by locals illegally. It is highly popular among Gujarat’s village population. 

In order to ensure the sustainability of past success as well as meet new challenges, MINDS has updated its program goals & strategies.In the 2014-2015 year, the MINDS Foundation finished its 4 year original pilot program and has decided to revamp their programs and shift its focus towards prevention through community education and awareness. MINDS is committed to improving program efficiency to maximize impact within the rural population.

In addition, we have formed exciting new community partnerships ( this will be discussed in future posts) to help improve the mental health of Gujarat’s people.