Child Guidance and Counselling Centre (CGCC)
A psychiatric health care centre in the trouble torn valley of Kashmir was set up in November 2003 by HELP Foundation J&K in response to the social need and to overcome the social stigma attached to visits by such patients to Govt. Psychiatric Diseases Hospital, Srinagar, the only one of its kind in the valley. The centre (A mental health care project ) was established by HELP Foundation , J&K in collaboration with AMAN Trust funded by ECHO (European Commission for Humanitarian Offices) to serve the affected people particularly children.
Mariam Poly Clinic :
In August 2007, the Foundation set up a general health clinic for underprivileged people at Shehjaar, Inderhama Srinagar. At present, the Clinic provides free consultation by specialist doctors covering the following:General Physician Gynecologist E.N.T. Surgeon Specialist Opthamologist
Centre for Mental Health- Kashmir (CMHS):
HELP established Maryam Centre for Mental Health- Kashmir (CMHS) at Jawahar nagar Srinagar in the year 2016. The center is a full-time counseling services centre with special focus on mental ailments of women and children in specific and public at large in general. CMHS has reached out to over 1188 patients through non-pharmacological interventions besides conducting 13 community based sessions.
Organizing Medical Camps:
About 7000 people have been so far benefitted by these camps in terms of free consultation, medicines, USG, ECG and other blood tests. Follow up camps are also held after every 2 months to monitor the improvement in the patients. The Foundation also held screening medical camps like diabetic, anemic, psychological assessment, malnutrition, etc.
Regular Medical Care:
Patients who are poor and suffering from diseases requiring medical treatment are provided monthly assistance for medicines. These are people mostly with poor economical conditions.
Medical Camps are being organized by the Foundation once or twice a month depending upon the need of the hour. The aim of these camps is to render medical assistance to poor and needy people who could not have access to quality medical care because of economical constraints. So far we have been able to conduct such camps at the following areas :
Nearly 1.8 million adults (45 per cent of the adult population) in the Kashmir Valley show symptoms of significant mental distress, claims a survey conducted by MSF in year 2015. This is compounded by the stigma associated with mental illness. During year 1989, when the armed struggle in Kashmir started, nearly 17000 patients visited Kashmir’s only psychiatric hospital, this number toped in year 2015 by 100,000 patients visiting the same hospital. This certainly indicates a steep increase in numbers of patients who sought psychiatric services. Of course, this doesn't take into account factors such as affordability of treatment being a major issue, the high level of stigma around mental illness, and general awareness about mental health being low. Therefore, several instances of mental illness would have gone unreported.
It is important that the state of Jammu and Kashmir conceive a comprehensive community mental health programme comprising promotive, preventive and curative dimensions of treatment to address mental health issues of people, both immediate and long-term, in ways which will help promote mental well-being, reduce stigma, address physical health needs, create mass awareness, provide home-based counselling, facilitate psychiatric treatment from public hospitals, etc. Other aspects such as organising child clubs, building vocational skills and sustainable livelihoods, linking people with government entitlements and to create an environment where those who are affected by conflict can meet to share experiences to focus on starting life afresh, also need to be built in.
HELP Foundation in this regard has contributed in conducting school mental health awareness programmes, community based mental health camps, individual and group counselling to traumatised people, focussed intervention for victims of conflict like; victims of pellet guns, half widows, orphans and others. HELP continues to make people aware on mental health and related issues and runs a drug-deaddiction centre in the city as well.
Some more important assignments that HELP foundation undertook are listed under: