Raising awareness, offering evidence based treatment and building capacity - for addressing the needs of people with mental illnesses and their families, is what we are striving for.
In partnership with schools and civil society organisations, we work to advocate and safe-guard rights of vulnerable and marginalised children, young people, adults the elderly.
Mental Health Foundation
The team members have worked with each other in different settings from 2004, however service delivery was fragmented. Working together at the MHF allows for smoother delivery of assessment, treatment and training programs.
The approach at MHF for diagnosis and treatment is multi-disciplinary, that is, a client visits multiple professionals for a comprehensive and holistic assessment and intervention.
The team of professionals and consultants are equipped to handle learning, emotional, behavioural and developmental issues in childhood and psychological and psychiatric problems in adulthood and across the life span. They draw on several years of experience in diverse settings – in institutional and community care, in clinical and non-clinical settings. A number of team members have international training and experience in their areas of specialty. A strong foundation in social work, mental health and education and the latest research inform all their initiatives.
What We Do
- Comprehensive clinic-based services for diagnosis, assessment and treatment
- Outreach services for support, training and liaison work, including interactive support to schools for children
- School and community based workshops and conferences for professionals and lay persons, including those conducted by international experts
- Staff capacity building services for schools and development and humanitarian organisations
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Borderline Personality Disorder
A 24 yr old female client reported that for the last 1 month she has difficulty in falling asleep even after a long tiring day. She cannot keep her eyes closed. She also had difficulty in controlling her anger. She could not tolerate dishonesty and fake promises, and got infuriated in office about petty issues. She had an abusive relationship with her boyfriend and had hit him on several occasions. But when the anger subsides, she would to him and would be ready to do anything to please him. She sought therapy at the point when her boyfriend was threatening to leave her and she could not tolerate it and cut her wrists. She also reported of being abused by parents and of having a disturbed family environment.
I am a 47 year old woman and work for the Post Office. I am finding it very difficult to motivate myself to go to work every day for past 2 months. I am thinking of resigning from my job. I have difficulty in getting up from bed in the mornings. I am a very sincere worker and try to do everything perfectly. However, because of frequent staff absenteeism and staff shortages, my supervisors tend to rotate me in various departments, to fill in the shortage. I feel very low and have stopped enjoying anything. I do not have any problems in my personal life as my husband and mother in law are very supportive of my work and help me to look after my children. I have never felt like this before as I am a very dedicated worker and have always worked beyond my working hours to complete all duties. Please advise what I should do?
Developmental Delay / Autism
I have a two and half year old son and I am very worried about him. He is still not able to walk and can only crawl and uses 2 or 3 words like "baba" and "ma", although I think he uses them randomly instead of using them meaningfully. My neighbor's daughter is of the same age but is now walking and speaks in 2-3 word phrases. I am very worried, please advise what should we do.
Most children start using 1-2 words by 12 months apart from baba or ma and start using 10-20 words between 1-2 years. Children walk unsupported between 1 -2 years. Therefore, from your description, it appears that your son is not being able to meet the expected milestones at the age when he should have done so. This indicates that he is delayed in development. You need to urgently consult your child’s paediatrician and find out what could be the cause. Additionally, you will also need to find a good clinical psychologist or a special educator who will be able to tell you what you need to do with the child so that his development is hastened.
We got married six months back. Our parents had arranged our marriage through some relatives. Incidentally, I had been engaged before, but that had not worked out in the end. So this time I did not want to prolong the engagement and we got married within a month of getting to meet each other. She is from a different state and the eldest amongst her three siblings, while I am the younger one of two siblings. And then I started noticing the differences. Our viewpoints wouldnt match, we would get into endless arguements which led to shoving and hitting each other. My parents, relatives, family friends have tried to talk to her and asked her to adjust, but she is adamant. She is constantly on the phone with her parents, and they blame me for not taking adequate care of her- they have pampered her so much. .
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
My daughter is 13 years old. She is very intelligent. She is very good in her studies and also a very good dancer. But for the last 7-8 months she is behaving peculiarly. Whenever she goes to the toilet she takes almost 1 to 11/2 hour and never comes out early. Whenever she goes to wash her hands she goes on washing for a long time. If she thinks that she won't sit at a particular place then nobody can make her sit there. While dressing up she keeps on changing her mind before finally selecting one. Sometimes she is very lazy. But once she gets to do what she likes, she behaves actively. I've tried to make her understand that whatever she is doing is not right. She temporarily understands my point but again goes back to her former self. She thinks that whatever she is doing is not perfect and then again redoes that particular thing. I'm very tensed. I can't understand whether this is just a prank or is she going through any difficult psychological problem? Please help.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder cause an irrational thought image or impulse like "its still dirty", "if I don't tap 9times ill luck will befall on my family", self doubts, to repeat itself without the intent of the person. This causes extreme distress in the person, as the thoughts are always negative and erroneously so. In order to reduce the distress persons resort to meaningless superstitious acts like repeatedly washing the clean bathroom, or tapping 9times before doing any work, or checking repeatedly. These are time consuming and can affect work life. However it brings temporary relief from the distress feelings. Then again it's a cyclic process and the person finds him or herself facing another bout of irrational negative thought.
There are evidence-based methods like Cognitive behaviour therapy to equip the client come out of these 'thought and action traps'. Depending on the severity of the problem the person may need medications. The manner in which the family reacts to these problems can either be helpful or often increase the problem. So you need to seek family counseling, which is part of a treatment programme. OCD is a heterogeneous disorder and can present with multitude of themes. Relapses in OCD are also common. Follow up treatment and well checks are also necessary in the long run like once every 6 months to a year.
You need to visit a psychiatrist or psychologist soon.
My child is suffering from hypotonia? does that mean she has less strength in her muscles ?
In an article by Diane E Gagnon, M.Ed., PT, she explains "True muscle tone is the inherent ability of the muscle to respond to a stretch. For example, if you quickly straighten the flexed elbow of an unsuspecting child with normal tone, the biceps will quickly contract in response (automatic protection against possible injury). When the perceived danger has passed, which the brain figures out really quickly once the stimulus is removed, the muscle then relaxes, and returns to its normal resting state. The child with low tone has muscles that are slow to initiate a muscle contraction, contract very slowly in response to a stimulus, and cannot maintain a contraction for as long as his 'normal' peers. Because these low-toned muscles do not fully contract before they again relax (muscle accommodates to the stimulus and so shuts down again), they remain loose and very stretchy, never realising their full potential of maintaining a muscle contraction over time."
My son's age is 5yrs and he does not concentrate in school. Teachers have complained that he does not follow actions and is unable to play with his classmates. Can I suspect these issues are sensory. If yes, then what can be done?
When sensory integration deficits are suspected, Therapist with specialized training can administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT; Ayres, 1989) to determine the specific areas of sensory integration that are problematic for the child. If the evaluation results indicate that the child is having underlying problems processing sensory information, the therapist would recommend therapy using an ASI® approach.
I am a 24 year old woman. I work in Park Street in a private firm and I happened to witness the horrific fire at Stephen's Court recently. Since that night, I have not been able to sleep and I am getting repeated nightmares of the various scenes of the incident. There is one particular scene which comes into my mind whenever I am closing my eyes - it is that of a young woman shrieking for help from the window of her office. I later found out that she died due to the fire. I just see her terrified face whenever I close my eyes and now I am afraid to close my eyes, as I am scared that her image will haunt me. I am unable to concentrate on my work, do not feel like talking to anyone and am just filled with anger. I have realised that human life has no certainty and planning for future is pointless as I can die tomorrow. Please help me.
These kinds of traumatic events are shocking because they undermine our sense that life is fair, that it is reasonably safe and that we are secure. A traumatic experience like this makes it very clear that we can die at any time. Your reactions therefore are a natural reaction to a narrowly-avoided death. You may be thinking that it could easily have happened to you and hence a sense of hopelessness and anger at the authorities who are callous is understandable. If your problems are continuing for more than more than 6 weeks since the event, and these experiences do not seem to be getting better, it is worth talking it over with a Psychiatrist.