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From the World Health Organisation Fact Files:

Around 20% of the world's children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems.

Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Over one million people die by suicide worldwide each year. On average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world.

Stigma and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care.

There are barriers to increasing the availability of mental health services: the absence of mental health from the public health agenda and the implications for funding; the current organization of mental health services; lack of integration within primary care; inadequate human resources for mental health; and lack of public mental health leadership.

Financial resources to increase services are relatively modest Governments, donors and groups representing mental health service users and their families need to work together to increase mental health services, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

The change context for the younger population is alarming. A very high number of enquiries are received for counselling of children without any disability. Parents state children to be defiant and stubborn at home and also have recurrent complains from the teachers at school. With increased suicide rates, parents have become more open to acknowledging that simply pressurizing the child might not help anymore and they need to learn more realistic and effective ways of dealing with their children. Parents are also now noticing the gaps in their children and are open to getting corrected using scientific techniques rather thanblaming it on the child or their own upbringing.

The counselling team is headed by a Clinical psychologist and Psychotherapist with certification from the globally acclaimed Albert Ellis Institute, New York in RE-CBT a WHO recommended therepyfor counseling children and adults and an experienced Counseling Psychologist and Behavior therapist who deals with children with disabilities.

The team is dealing with cases across the spectrum:

  • • Emotional issues like depression, anxiety, anger, fear, phobias.
  • • Behavioral issues like – avoidance, attention seeking, hyperactivity, addictions
  • • Cognitive issues like – low concentration, poor attention span
  • • Results and client satisfaction on these cases has been instrumental in driving the equity of manObal around Navi Mumbai

As preventive intervention manObal also organizes workshops on various Life skills in collaboration with schools, colleges as well as other training institutes. Enabling these students at early ages helps to develop their coping skills. manObal also conducts structured training programs for professionals sharpen their existing skill set as and when required and be effective n their work.