Every child deserves a champion. An adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.

Rita Pierson

MPOWER: THE CENTRE

The Mpower Centre offers consultation to families and other practitioners by providing an outreach that helps in identifying severe or complex needs that require more specialist interventions, assessment, treatment and training. It comprises of primary mental health workers, psychologists and counselors working in GP practices, paediatric clinics, schools and youth services. There is a multi-disciplinary team providing a specialized service for children and adolescents with more severe, complex and persistent disorders. Our team includes Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Clinical Psychologists, Community Health Workers, Child Psychotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Special Educators, Educational Psychologists, as well as Art, Music and Drama Therapists. The Mpower Centre is a single window operation designed to develop an effective model for child and adolescent mental health. It offers guidance through the following four verticals:

mental health in india

There has been a dearth of medical services, lack of facilities, infrastructure and professionals in the field of ‘child and adolescent mental health’ in our country. A family seeking professional or medical help may find it difficult to get the right guidance for their child, and are usually referred from one therapist to another with no accurate diagnostics, evaluations or professional, multidisciplinary approach to the goals. Thus, the approach always remains fragmented, with no unity in the therapeutic interventions.

The importance of psychological well-being in children and adolescents for their healthy emotional, social, physical, cognitive and educational development is well-recognised. There is increasing evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to improve child and adolescent resilience, promote mental health and treat mental health problems.

Mental health problems are likely to become a global disease in the 21st century. For adolescents, mental health hurdles have become as common as some physical health issues such as asthma and polio. Traditionally in India, the responsibility of the care and protection of children has been with families and communities. Child and adolescent mental health is the fundamental right and the fulfillment of these rights has always been more need based, rather than rights based.

A typical Indian child starts his/her life in the womb, with intrauterine growth retardation (30%), due to factors like malnutrition and anemia. The child, especially a female, continues to have deprivation and discrimination all through his/her life. Indian children undergo multidimensional exploitation, inflicted both at home and at the work-place; economically, sexually, personally and educationally. This results in poor identity and self-worth of the child. Even the legislative and social changes, through mass movement, on community awareness in the direction of compulsory schooling, have failed to ensure mental health to an Indian child.

The nation’s children are a supremely important asset. Nurturing them is our responsibility. Children programmes should find a prominent part in our national plans, for the development of human resources in each sector, so that our children grow up to become responsible citizens. Equal opportunities of development to all children during the period of growth should be our aim, serving the larger purpose of reducing inequality and ensuring social justice.

the opportunity

The need of the hour is to promote positive mental health, reduce behaviour disorders in children and prevent adult psychopathology. Child Mental Health Policy and School Mental Health Programmes have provided excellent opportunity to enhance mental health issues. Effectiveness of these programmes will surely help in addressing mental health disorders among adults. If we invest in identifying the problems early and intervene at the right time, it will be more cost effective, as we will be preventing further breakdown and avoid an adult treatment and rehabilitation programme, which is much more expensive. As it is rightly said that ‘Prevention is Better than Cure,’ it is possible to prevent the majority of behaviour disorders in preschool and school environment itself.

world-class centre of excellence

At Mpower, we aim to create a world-class medical centre of excellence with a multi-disciplinary team offering psychiatric and psychological assistance to children, adolescents, young people and their families, all under one roof. It will be a holistic centre to create awareness and alleviate stigmas towards mental health. A world class institute which will provide accurate diagnostics, treatment and support to families and care givers of the client.

Just as there are many different kinds of physical illnesses, there are many different kinds of mental illnesses. Learn more about these disorders, their possible causes, their treatment and more.

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