Role of NGOs and voluntary societies in mental health care in West Bengal: a critical appraisal
Das, Anup Kumar and Chakraborty, Susmita (2006) Role of NGOs and voluntary societies in mental health care in West Bengal: a critical appraisal. In: International Seminar on Emerging Health Challenges And The Response of Indian Healthcare System, 4-5 Dec 2006, Delhi, India.
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Present paper critically discusses and evaluates a few major initiatives of NGOs and voluntary societies in the mental health care system in West Bengal that make an impact to the society in general, and mental health patients and care-seekers in particular. This paper also analyzes and examines how these initiatives bridge gap between the demand and supply of the mental health care system, and, how these initiatives are responding to the emerging challenges. The profiles of ten major mental health initiatives in the non-government, non-profit making setups have been presented in this paper. This paper also indicates how to create a conductive environment for the rehabilitation of cured mental health patients, so that they will become socially productive and not a burden to the society.
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