The Shant Manas (‘Peaceful Mind’) venture arises out of a deep commitment to the values of an holistic understanding of mental health issues in India.
Initially, the project will work in rural South India, where availability of mental health care is virtually non-existent and access to general health care is minimal.
The approach will promote Indian values. This means that the work and development will be based on a conceptual framework that values, acknowledges, and works from an Indian tradition and perspective.
SMIT will draw upon culturally sensitive local approaches and an Indian understanding of the human nature and condition. It will integrate appropriate insights from Western traditions and scholarship. The scope and scale of this is necessarily incompletely defined. However, it is envisaged that development will be based on natural evolution and growth.