Shant Manas conducted one week training program on Community mental health work for students of Shenbagam nursing program. More than Twenty students participated in the program and they were trained by Shant Manas social workers. Training program focused on theory and practice. The students had class room teaching on various mental health issues, treatment methods, therapies etc. They also visited various Shant manas service users’ home and interacted with service users, carers and their families.
Shant Manas Service users and Social workers visited Kuruvithurai and Anaipatti temple located near Solavanthan. More than 20 service users participated in the group tour. Service users found this trip relaxing and enjoyable as they have limited access to move out of their villages. Service users mixed with others well and supported each other. Shant Manas decided to take service users for outing once in 2 months. This group is supported by Mr. John Campbell. So it is called as ‘Campbell’s group’.
Pappathi, 28 years old woman lives in Thuvariman village. She is married and has two children aged 7 and 4 years respectively. She took treatment for depression from Shant Manas seven years ago. Her mental health improved as she continued treatment. She moved to her husband’s village with her children and she continued to live well and to carry all responsibilities of her house.
Before two months ago, she had symptoms of relapse. She heard voices and isolated herself from others. Her husband had difficulties in managing her. She took her to some spiritual healers, but it didn’t improve her mental health. Finally Pappathi moved to her mother’s home at Thuvariman. Her husband also moved with her carrying their children. The whole family got affected because of Pappathi’s mental health issue.
Pappathi’s brother Karuppu approached Shant Manas for mental health treatment for his sister Pappathi as soon as she reached Thuvariman. Shant Manas social worker visited Pappathi’s home and assessed her mental health state and interacted with her husband and family. Her husband worried about her mental health state. He said Pappathi used to be very hardworking and responsible lady. Now she talks to herself and shows no interest in interacting and neglects herself.
Shant Manas social worker referred Pappathi to a Psychiatrist and she was prescribed with Antipsychotic medicines. The social worker visited the Pappathi ‘s home and counseled her in every two days. The social worker was able to involve family members in the treatment process and to bring their support towards Pappathi’s recovery. After one month of treatment, Pappathi’s mental health has improved. Now she interacts with her family and looks after her children well.
When people with mental health problems are supported by their family and health worker during difficult times, they will overcome their difficult times very quickly. It is our responsibility to care for our fellow human beings.
Academic Services Coordinator
As you all know that the time to relax is when you don’t have time for it!!!
Would you like to be more focused in your work? Would you like to get
more accomplished? Would you like to feel more comfortable in your
relationship with others and with yourself? Then relax…
In a sense, most of us are aware of the need to relax, and have found
some ways to “relax”. The only problem is that many of the activities
that people consider to be relaxing are, in fact not relaxing at all.
Some relaxation is just pausing, a temporary escape from stress that
leaves us no more able to cope with stress positively. For example,
drinking coffee or alcohol, smoking and the like are socially approved
ways of relaxing, but it must be stressed that these are not effective
ways to relax.
Recent research has demonstrated the preventive power of relaxation. In
one study, people who relaxed daily for 20 minutes had a significantly
higher degree of physical and mental well being as compared to those who
did not relax.
The elements that characterize true relaxation are:
1. The heart rate slows and becomes even.
2. Breathing becomes deeper and more even.
3. Muscles loosen and relax.
4. The mind feels at peace.
5. The body has energy for at least several hours of work.
6. The entire body and mind feels refreshed.
People who relaxed daily for 20 minutes had a significantly higher
degree of physical and mental well being as compared to those who did
Relaxation techniques can be used for different purposes. We can relax
to pause as well as to release tensions. We can increase our energy
level, dissipate a negative feeling or emotion, and even create a
positive mood. We can also use some methods to rest briefly in order to
gain temporary energy when we have not had enough sleep. Finally we can
use these methods to calmly handle tasks either at work or at home, to
cope positively to stress.
There are different techniques to suit the above needs.
Quick relaxation technique.
Guided imagery and visualization.
Progressive relaxation technique.
One can practice the above relaxation exercises after learning them from
a competent instructor.
Benefits of relaxation:
Relaxation energizes the body and mind.
Relaxation helps to strengthen the immune system.
Relaxation lowers the blood pressure in many people and so decreases the
likelihood of stroke and heart attack.
Relaxation gives a break from things and lowers activity within the
limbic system of the brain, the emotional center.
Relaxation helps one to be creative.
For emotional problems, counselling is recommended. And the relaxation
exercises help to soothe and calm the mind and to overcome the negative
effects of emotional stress.
Here is a simple relaxation technique, which will take just a minute and
you can practise it wherever you are.
Breathe in through your nostrils to the count of three.
Breathe out through your mouth to the count of six.
Practise this about 5 times whenever you feel tensed or stressed.
A small practical tip from ShantManas.org is:
Check yourself often. Don’t get obsessive about it, but throughout the
day, check to see if your muscles are as relaxed as they can be. Take a
deep, slow breath, and let go. Don’t take more than 30-60 seconds to do
this. With practice you can do it in 15 seconds.
Find out more on ShantManas Health Forum.
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.