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Treatment and Rehabilitation of Mentally ill
Manolaya was formed in 1998 with the vision of “A sustainable socio-
But, as an organization which was interactive with the general public and open to the observations and opinions of the staff, the needs of the destitute mentally ill people was constantly being brought to the notice of the organization and Manolaya responded -
According to a WHO estimate published in 2001, about 22% of Indians develop one or more mental or behavioral disorders in their lifetime. 5% of these people develop severe mental disorders that totally disrupt their lives and need intensive treatment. Several socio-
Mentally ill persons from other parts of India arrive here by accident or are intentionally brought here and abandoned by families not able to care for them. This accounts for the higher number of mentally ill people found on the streets of district. They as well as the destitute mentally ill persons native to the district subsist on the streets on the food they find in rubbish bins or occasionally given to them by tourists or pilgrims.
Manolaya helps Destitute and Wandering Mentally Ill
Between the years 2006 and 2010, the organization received 42 reports of homeless mentally ill persons in severe distress on the streets of the district. They were admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari District. There they were treated for medical problems such as infections, dehydration, and diarrhea, but none of them received treatment for their psychiatric disorder. They were all discharged within a few days, except for two people who died at the hospital.
The plight of the wandering and destitute mentally ill persons at Rameswaram was repeatedly reported by the media and , but not much had been done by anyone to address the issue. In mid 2017, MANOLAYA had decided to involve itself in providing curative and rehabilitative care at Rameswaram. Several visits were made to the temple town and 97destitute mentally ill people were identified. 66 of them were men and 31 were women.