A group of mental health professionals in Pune are working towards the social and economic rehabilitation for those who have been affected by mental illnesses. Through an initiative titled as ‘THRIVE’ – ‘Together for Health, Research and Innovation for Vibrant Employment’, this group is helping these patients in the acquisition of life skills which will facilitate in finding employment for them.
The main goal of this initiative is to ensure a meaningful recovery of mentally ill persons and their true social inclusion.
THRIVE is a team of four psychiatrists and six clinical psychologists. Through the day care centre located on Prabhat Road in Pune, these experts are training patients with the various mental illness with necessary life skills.
The training aims to boost their self-confidence. After the training, this group will be helping them find suitable employment opportunities. Registrations for this initiative are open and families willing to enrol for the same can do it at the earliest. They are expected to continue their medical treatment with their existing psychiatrists.
While explaining the importance of economic independence for people with mental illnesses, Dr Dharav Shah, a consultant psychiatrist with THRIVE said, “The society regards a person to be fully recovered from mental illness only when he/she starts to work. Hence they starting to work and earn is very important. It will boost their confidence to interact with society. They will be able to live independent lives. That’s why through various group activities we will help them to develop necessary social skills which will help them to find a job.”
People suffering from any mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, depression, obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), alcohol addiction, etc. for more than a year can join this group.
In THRIVE, the training will happen in a fun way through group discussions and group activities. The benefit of this process is that the patients will get the support of a peer group and their communication skills will be enhanced.
Families wishing to avail of this free service can contact these numbers 020- 60124400, 9503601362, 9657251310 or 8097716061 or send in an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org