The new building of Manasa (Centre for the homeless mentally ill women) was inaugurated by Jagadish K. Trivedi, Chief of Supraja Foundation, at No. 4, Lalithadripura Road, K.C. Layout here yesterday, at a function held under the auspices of Karuna Trust, Mysore.

Speaking on the occasion, Trivedi lauded the services offered by Karuna Trust for the welfare of mentally retarded women.

Normal people should spend sometime with such special people, he said.

The Director of Disabled and Senior Citizen's Welfare G. Jayaramu regretted that only a few organisations like Karuna Trust are coming forward to establish orphan care centre for mentally disabled women, to provide medical treatment as well as to bring them back to mainstream of the society. Swami Muktidanandaji of Ramakrishna Vidyashala presided.

Trust Honarary Secretary Dr. H. Sudarshan explained the objectives of Manasa Project.

Over 100 mentally retarded women can be housed in the new building.

About the Trust

Karuna Trust is a Public Charitable Trust started in 1986 in B.R. Hills. The Trust has ever since been involved in health, education and community development activities all over Karnataka and also in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Care and treatment is given to destitute mentally ill women in a totally battered and bruised mental and physical state.

The main aim of the Trust is to take care of them, provide professional psychiatric treatment, re-establish links with the family and help them re-enter the mainstream society as new individuals.

Manasa Project started by Karuna Trust in 2006 focuses on issues related to homeless mentally ill population, especially women at Mysore. The project consists of a Home for treatment and care for mentally ill women-transit care centre, psychiatric services at Nirashrithara Parihara Kendra (Beggars' Home) Mysore, community mental health programme and mental health helpline for rescuing mentally ill patients in and around Mysore city and neighbouring cities to admit homeless mentally ill persons especially women to a treatment facility — transit care centre. Community Mental Health programme involves equipping Medical Officers in the Primary Health Centres to give treatment in community level.

So far the Trust has rescued 146 homeless mentally ill patients and rehabilitated 94 cured patients who hail from different parts of India (more than 9 States) with their families. Currently there are 49 inmates at the Centre against the capacity of 50 inmates.

Among them, 26 are from Karnataka, eight from Maharashtra, three from West Bengal, two each from Andhra Pradesh and Bihar, one each from Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore