Overview psychiatric rehabilitation


Need for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

It is estimated that about 7% of the population suffers from mental disorders. Adding together all major and minor psychiatric disorders the life time prevalence would be 25%. According to India’s National Commission on Macroeconomics and health report 2005, the prevalence of serious mental illnesses in Indian population is nearly 6.5% which roughly amounts to 71 million people (78 million in 2011). By the year 2020, the burden of neuropsychiatric disorders would rise from the current 10.5% to 15%. Besides active treatment of the clients with mental illnesses, most often have rehabilitation needs to reintegrate back into the social mainstream. The focus on recovery oriented practices and services are as important if not more, for the clients with mental illnesses and their family members. This is recognized by the proposed Mental Health Care Act and Right of Persons with Disability Act which have accessible rehabilitation as one of their tenets.

Generally, rehabilitation is considered last option when nothing else works. Over the years, emphasis in psychiatric rehabilitation has shifted from “just keeping patients occupied” to “recovery for community reintegration”. Hence, our services are called as “Recovery Oriented Services (ROSeS)”

The aim of the team is to provide services beyond recovery from symptomsof psychiatric disorder.