GlobeMed at UW partners with MINDS Foundation to support the human right to health by providing mental health care to rural India.
Who We Are // GlobeMed at the University of Washington
Founded in 2011, GlobeMed at the University of Washington is partnered with MINDS Foundation in Vadodara, India. Together, they work to share knowledge in collaborative communities, to expand mental health care access in rural India.
Our Partner // MINDS Foundation, Vadodara, India
The MINDS Foundation was founded in 2010 by Raghu Appasani, with the hopes of reducing stigma and bringing high-quality, cost-effective mental health care to rural India. The foundation works in 17 rural villages close to Vadodara, Gujarat, India where 30,000 villagers are located. Partnered with Sumandeep University and Diraj General Hospital they work to provide the high quality, low-cost healthcare for their patients.
Bringing a grassroots approach to addressing mental health issues, MINDS uses a three step program to address the neglected issue- fighting stigma through education camps, addressing the economic burden by providing free mental health care with transportation, and providing community reintegration opportunities through job training. At MINDS they believe that they are creating sustainable economic growth by improving overall mental well-being in rural communities, improving their outreach by partnering with GlobeMed at the University of Washington.
Our Project // $10,000 to Expand Mental Health Care with MedicMobile
In 2010, MINDS began developing a program to eliminate stigma and provide care for those who were fighting mental illness. This program works to educate community members on what mental health is, while supporting care for those who need it.
Using a three step model, the MINDS Foundation starts with first educating the community on what mental health is. They go into communities and have workshops that teach community members what mental health is by display of videos, skits, and discussions. The second step is Treatment and Transportation which invites those with mental illness and their families to receive transportation from the psychiatry team who will formally diagnose, counsel, and provide proper treatment. Community Health Workers are trained within the community to identify and leverage people in their village so that MINDS can further reach out to community members. The last model is reintegration into society, the foundation provides social and vocational rehabilitation programs to equip them with the skills needed to succeed at work, home, or school.
This year, the MINDS Foundation is launching a MedicMobile Application that will allow them to expand to neighboring villages and effectively identify more patients.
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