WHO predicts that by 2020 mental illness will go from the 20th to the 2nd largest illness world wide. The mental health scenario in India indicates that 70 million people in a country of 1 billion population are affected with some form of mental illness. However, only 10% of them receive psychiatric assistance and much fewer than this have access to rehabilitation services which is an important component in the treatment of mental illness. With this uneven distribution between the increasing need for mental health care and limited mental health resources available, it is challenging to bridge this rising gap. People suffering from mental disorders are often considered a burden or even a threat by the society. Despite these social views about themselves and their condition, people with mental illness believe that life is worth living. Behind their smiles, there is hope and behind hope there is life. It is this fragile hope that ‘life will get better’ that enables in the rise of persons with mental illness and to be with each other in silent, unspeakable moments of suffering. What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.
M.S. Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation (MSCTRF) was founded as a response to these mental health concerns with an oath to make a positive difference to the world of persons with mental illness and disabilities.
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