We have been running the district mental health program (DMHP) in Wayanad district with a significant tribal population for more than 10 years from 2007 onwards. We learned from the experience that the present DMHP structure has limitations in bringing mental health services to the tribal population due to cultural, social and economic factors. The tribal mental health program for Wayand district is planned in this context to address the identified service gaps and as an attempt to fulfill the NMHP objective of bringing mental health services to the door step to the tribal population. The project is not parallel to the DMHP but supplements the DMHP and is expected to be a clinical service model to provide “Inclusive Mental Health Services to the tribal population” in other parts of the country as well.  The funding of the project is from the Department of Social Justice, Govt. of Kerala.

A mobile intervention team comprising of a mental health trained general physician, psychiatric social worker, community nurse provides diagnostic, therapeutic and counseling services to the tribal population. The activities are planned in the local centres accessible and acceptable to the target population. Extensive mental health and substance abuse awareness programs are organized in the 15 tribal dominant areas in the district. Capacity building and training programs are conducted for tribal promoters, health workers, ASHA workers and volunteers to enable them to identify mental health and substance abuse problems in the tribal community. The project is in charge of a assistant professor of Psychiatric social work at IMHANS and psychiatrist from IMHANS visits once a month to provide diagnosis and treatment planning.

Staff

Mr. Kurian Jose  M.Phil (PSW) – Project Director

Ms. Jiji  MSW – Coordinator

Dr. Sanju   MBBS, MD – Medical Officer

Ms. Mercy – Nurse

Contact

Ph: 9846679770

Email: tmhp.wayanad@gmail.com