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Current Programs
RAHAT runs education, awareness and training programmes for various populations with the objective to:

  • address mental health issues
  • promote mental and emotional well-being

Some of our programs are:
MINDPARIVARTAN
“The wealth of business is best founded on the health of its workers”. –WHO
Work is a major part of our lives, it is where we spend most of our time, have most of our social contact and where we channel most of our productive energy.
With an average working adult spending over 30% of their lives at work, the workplace becomes a crucial space which affects and is affected by the mental health of a person.
Anyone, of any age, at any time, with any educational background, working anywhere, can experience mental health issues. It is often experienced by those in the prime of their working lives.
The impact of mental health problems in the workplace has serious consequences not only for the individual but also on the efficient functioning and productivity of the organisation.
Employee performances, rates of illness, absenteeism, increase in judgement errors at work, fatigue resulting in lack of focus and accidents and staff turnover are all affected by employees’ mental health and their emotional well-being status.

Why it matters

  • It is the right thing to do: People are an organisations’ greatest asset and also its responsibility
  • It is the smart thing to do: A healthier workplace is a more productive workplace
  • It is the legal thing to do: Most countries have some legislation requiring organizations to pay attention to the health, safety and well-being of workers.

Through our latest project, MindParivartan, we are creating a holistic audio-visual toolkit to address mental and emotional well-being at the workplace. We seek to educate and train the working population to better handle their emotional health and provide support to their peers through:

  • Psychological Well-being and First- Aid- Addressing the various mental health issues that occur as part of our working lives- through educating and training of senior managers, human resources personnel and organisational workforces with the skills required to identify, understand and respond to tell-tale signs of early mental distress in their employees and colleagues and provide them with the initial help and support required to prevent the distress from becoming a crisis. The focus will be on building their resilience to stress and to increase their mental capital to successfully cope with the demands of an ever more stressful modern world so that they can lead happier, healthier and more productive lives.
  • Mind-skilling - Imparting people with the skills required to optimally utilise and harness the amazing power of the human mind for improving concentration, memory, lateral thinking, time and stress management, building a positive relationship with oneself and with others for efficient handling of their mind for themselves, the people around them and the organisation. Mind-skilling is the basic foundation to ensure that all other skills they have learnt for their jobs can be used more efficiently and to greater effect.

These objectives would be achieved through:
Individual Interventions

  • Assessment of employees, managers and organizational climate on general health, stress levels, anxiety and depression through various clinical assessment tools.
  • Mental Health Education/Literacy: increase employee awareness of mental health issues; train managers to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems; provide initial help and guide a person towards appropriate professional help.
  • Training the workforce on various aspects of self-management through workshops, such as on:
  • Stress/Time/Thought/Sleep/Mood Management
  • Coping Skills
  • Resilience Building
  • Addressing Substance Abuse
  • Building Positive Relationships- Interpersonal Communication
  • Conflict Resolution Training
  • Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness programs- simple stress relieving exercises and meditation tools
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Peer Support Programs- educating and enabling peers and creating support networks to provide first aid for stress management
  • Crisis/Trauma Response (for suicide, self-harm, accidents)

Organizational Interventions

  • Designing/creating positive workspaces- keeping in mind the physical setting of the workplace (seating, lighting, music, color scheme of the workspace etc.) to ensure more positive moods for productive work
  • Re-defining organizational structures (flexi hours, role definitions, work overload, mentoring support etc.)
  • Mind skilling of the workforce

 

PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST-AID by WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION- Translation and Utilization
We are currently working with the WHO for the translation of its Psychological First Aid manual from English to Hindi for facilitating its use with field. This effort is a first of its kind in India since no versions of the manual exist in any Indian language so far. This document will be available to all organizations and government departments for use in crisis interventions.
Psychological first-aid is the first-line psychosocial support to provide basic psychological care in the short-term aftermath of a traumatic event. It is an evidence-informed modular approach used by non-mental health experts, such as responders and volunteers for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism to reduce initial distress and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning.

Other Proposed Activities

  • Preparation and Production of pamphlets which can be kept at prominent places with the help of establishments (stores, shops, showrooms, computer centres, organizations etc.) to spread awareness on issues of mental health in the general population. These can be distributed in Delhi and satellite towns as well as other select cities around the country. These pamphlets will be produced in English, Hindi and other vernacular languages for rural areas through local enablers and doctors practicing there. The topics to be covered are- Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Psychosomatic illnesses, Schizophrenia, Phobias, Mental Retardation, Epilepsy, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Conduct Disorders in Children, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Addiction, Tobacco Abuse, Internet and Pornography Addiction, Emotional Well-being Strategies etc.
  • Create short audio-visual messages on mental health and emotional well-being that can be displayed in public places through
    •  electronic runners in malls, airports etc.
    • television networks
    • social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.
  • Documentaries, audio- visuals and pamphlets giving general information and tips for parents, teachers and students on stress, depression, social anxiety, relationship issues, drugs, alcohol and tobacco abuse for schools. These can be used by television networks, social media channels and events to ensure widest community outreach.
  • Create audio spots for awareness building on mental health and emotional well-being that can be played on community radio, popular FM radio stations or through Government and non-government organisations at designated places.
  • The material produced to be distributed to other organizations working in the field to create a mass movement towards greater awareness on mental health and emotional well-being.
  • To continue the thrust on mass community outreach through various media in the form of contribution of articles and audio-visual material on Mental Health and Well-Being through various media platforms.
  • To carry out research for combining western medicine with eastern thought for healthy life style and emotional well-being integrating mental health and spirituality.
  •  To continue providing guidance and referral services on distress and disease for those requiring it.

Past Programs
Some of the activities of the trust in the past thirty years since its inception have been:

  • Production of pamphlets on mental health and illnesses; Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse for students, parents, teachers and the general population. These have been distributed in schools, colleges, hospitals and clinics. The problem areas covered were Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Mental Retardation, Schizophrenia, Affective Disorders, Phobia, Panic Attacks, and Tension Headaches etc. These have also been distributed to patients and families in mental health facilities.
  • Dissemination of information to the general public through print and electronic media through written articles and participation in interviews.
  • Building action groups at the school level and in the slums to fight the problems of drug abuse.
  • Counselling people with mental distress and illnesses and their families (free of cost to the needy) is another activity carried throughout the year with the help of trained mental health professionals.
  • Various celebrities like Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Kapil Dev, Meenakshi Seshadri, Satish Shah, Kadar Khan and Dheeraj Kumar have supported joint programs of Mind Vision Enterprises and RAHAT through public service messages for various programs over the years.
  • The RAHAT team, including experts in mental health conducted a two day in house training program in May 2009, 'Mind Matters' on recognition of mental health and mental illnesses, stress management and basic counselling skills to spiritual caregivers/practitioners of the Brahmakumaris World Spiritual University Retreat Centre at Manesar, NCR, Delhi.
  • RAHAT Charitable Trust and 'HelpAge India', a premier level national organization working for the care and cause of the elderly came together to hold bimonthly seminars for the elderly entitled 'Active Ageing for Healthy Living'. The first seminar on 'Spirituality - A Panacea for All or need of the elderly?' was organized on 21st October 2002. The 2nd seminar 'Staying Younger While Living Longer' was organized on Thursday, 26th December 2002 at India International Centre. It was inaugurated by Dr. A.K. Walia, Hon. Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Delhi. The third seminar on 'Nutrition and Fitness' for the elderly was held on 25th March, 2003 while the fourth seminar in the series focusing on mental health of the elderly, 'A Healthy Mind for Healthy Ageing' was organized on Thursday, 3rd July, 2003.
  • Psychovision 95, a conference on Mind-Body medicine and Spirituality was held as part of the Perfect Health Mela with RAHAT as a partner organized on 1st November 1995 at Scope Convention Centre, Delhi. It was attended by more than 20 N.G.O.'s, 12 spiritual organizations and others, like school children, general public etc.
  • Documentaries on different aspects of stress,mental illnesses and substance abuse were supported by RAHAT and technically collaborated with Mind Vision Enterprises for the television channel, 'Doordarshan' from 1995 onwards. The projects were conceived and supported by the RAHAT trustees and team. The trustees as well as the staff volunteers have been involved in reaching out to the general public through various media and answering the letters that were received from the public. The programs include :
    • 'Mindwatch', a 26 episode series on Mental Health (created in English and later dubbed in Hindi), which was repeatedly telecast on National Television (Doordarshan) with an estimated potential viewership of about 250-300 million in 1996. It has since been archived and dubbed in eight languages and DVD packs of it are now available for educational purposes.  
    • 'Khamosh Shatru' on AIDS (the first ever six part documentary series on AIDS in India for NACO, Ministry of Health, Government of India)
    • 'Better Halves' on women’s issues and health
    •  'Body-Mind-Soul' on Holistic Health
    • 'Azadi-Ki-Ore': 50 years of health in India

Subsequently, the letters received through the Audience Research Cell of Doordarshan were answered individually as well as relevant material was sent by the volunteers of RAHAT. The program also acted as continuing medical education to doctors around the country.

  • Organised a seminar entitled 'Physicians Initiative against Drug Abuse' which was held in 1993 in New Delhi for doctors with the Delhi Medical Association to create awareness on mental health & substance abuse.
  • Organized a 'Rock Concert' on 1st October, 1991 in Gyan Bharti School, New Delhi. The students also participated in a poster competition on drug abuse. It was managed by the students of the school for the social cause of ‘Fight Against Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse'.
  • 'RAHAT' has been instrumental in bringing about audio material on 'Stress', which were distributed free of cost to those needing it.
  • RAHAT collaborated with the Richmond Fellowship Society, India, Delhi Branch, to provide assistance in carrying out community outreach program for education, identification and treatment for mental illness in the NCR region.
  • Disseminated information to innumerable Internet users through 'Psychospeak' through the Internet dialler iolpl.com and the Trust website www.rahat.org , to provide awareness on psychological health and mental illness.
  • The World Psychiatric Association recognized the work of RAHAT by involving it as a centre to carry out a study on patients, families and general physicians on 'Fighting Stigma & Discrimination Because of Schizophrenia - India Initiative'. This was a part of 70 country experience and 'RAHAT' was one of the six collaborating centres in India.

The beneficiaries of the various activities undertaken by RAHAT are members of the community and general public, including families of and those suffering from mental health problems. The services are rendered free of charge without any discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, sex or socioeconomic status.


WHO Healthy Workplace  Framework and Model, 2010
 
 
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