It would have been painful for any mother to hear all that from the doctor’s mouth, but the doctor also had to fulfill his duty by citing medical reports and treatment. He expressed his sympathy to Meena Mutha- “It is painful for you, but it is better that you get your daughter admitted to a rehabilitation center.” Was terrible Meena was silent. One after the other psychiatrist, she wandered in search of hopes for her daughter, but got the same answer from everywhere, there is very slow progress, so the patient will have to take full care of her. Tired and tired, Meena also came to visit multiple rehabilitation centers in Mumbai, but seeing the situation there, she did not want to keep her daughter in them. Could not understand what to do.
As it is, such texts about psychiatrists and psychiatrists in society turn up that no one has gone to a psychiatrist to be deemed ‘crazy’, and then his mental torture begins. This is the reason that today more than eight crore people in India are struggling with various mental problems, but more than 90 percent of them do not get their treatment due to this taboo. Meena was very restless. The daughter’s condition made her very serious about all the people suffering from mental problems. He decided to help the daughter as well as others. In 2004, with the help and advice of her husband and other close friends, she laid the foundation of a non-profit organization ‘Manav Foundation’ in Mumbai. In this, treatment facilities were provided to various types of mental patients. The motive was only that such people could recover and return to the mainstream of society.
For such people, Meena’s initiative has proved to be a great example, filmmaker Sumira Rai is a great example. Sumira’s sister Shivalika is a victim of schizophrenia. She lived with her mother in Jaipur. The mother was responsible for taking care of Shivalika. Sumira did not know anything deeply about her sister’s mental state. She used to visit him from Mumbai to Jaipur just for a day or two. But when the mother died in 2016, Sumira had no choice left. Sumira brought her sister to Mumbai, but in a few days it became difficult for her to handle Shivalika. She could not understand them. Shivalika would get scared after seeing the crowd, so many times she would start screaming meaninglessly at her sister.
Like an awe camped at home. There was also a sense of guilt towards the husband and daughter, because their sister’s life was over because of her sister. In a few months Sumira realized that the situation cannot always remain like this, solution has to be found. And his search took him at the rate of Manav Foundation. The treatment of Shivalika’s condition started to improve there. On the advice of experts, Sumira regularly took them to Manav Foundation for counseling and other activities. However, she hesitated a little when the Foundation asked her to attend the ‘family-session’ herself, but the doctors there strongly persuaded her to attend the session. From this session she came to know those aspects of sister’s care which she did not even know.
Shivalika has improved a lot, and now not only has she started doing her daily chores, but also helping in household chores. Mina said, ‘Whenever such a patient feels better, he should be encouraged to return to society, because it is not right to keep him in the hospital environment for all his life.’ The plant that Mina had planted in 2004 has now become a tree is. So far, more than 1,300 psychiatrists have benefited from this institution. As this Foundation is a non-profit organization, it is operated in collaboration with people receiving treatment here besides donations. The people being treated here are clients, not patients. No money is taken from financially incapable people. Not only this, there is also a system of ‘Vocational Serpent’ for those who are recovering, so that their confidence can be strengthened. But Meena still has one thing to say that even in a rich metropolis like Mumbai, there is no better government institution to take care of poor psychiatrists. She says, “It takes a lot of patience to understand the suffering of psychiatrists and this patience can be very much shown by one’s self.” Show such people as your own.