Achievements

Friends of the MIND with support of partner organizations and local community has tried to overcome the current mental health problem up to some extent at grass root level and in general. FOM has so far achieved its goals through the following achievements;

Achievements under Community-based Mental Health Care Program:

1.     Project “Community-based mental health care program in District Peshawar”

Duration: Started in 2008 to continue (Ongoing Project)

Funded and Supported by: Friends of the MIND, Norway, Development Fund (DF) Norway, NORAD, Norway, FOM’s community

Primary Objective: Improved mental health condition of women, men & children through quality mental health care services in district Peshawar

Results Achieved so far (till December 2011):

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Product/Services at Output level

Results

1 Community Center Function and Operation
  • The centre provided mental health care services at grass root level which included psychiatric & psychological services, rehabilitation services, psychosocial support & outreach activities for creating awareness and mobilization.
  • The center is functioning since 2008 till to date in semi-urban, semi-rural area of District Peshawar
2 Information work and social mobilization
  • More than 5000 of general public enhance level of understanding through educational material on mental health issues like stress, schizophrenia and depression in the community
  • More 500 beneficiaries both men & women enhanced their capacity on the basics of mental health issues by participating in community awareness sessions
  • Community health committee and community men, women groups formed and active, having more than 60 members
  • Community men and women raised and highlighted the importance of mental health in the society by celebrating World’s Mental Health day on 10th October inside the community centre every year.
3 Out patient counselling and treatment
  • Nearly 7000 patients and clients i.e. men, women and children benefited from psychiatric and counseling services and free medicines inside the center and community from 2008 till date
  • 56% of the patients reduced the intensity of the mental illnesses through regular follow up visits
  • 56% of patients and their families improved their living by resolving their psycho social problems through counseling services and psycho education.
4 Medical liquid assets and rehabilitation of severely mentally ill
  • 75 registered patients i.e. men & women received medication and community based rehabilitation services under given criteria from 2008 till date
  • 70% of total patients improved insight and lower the intensity of disease through active participation in recovery and rehabilitation
  • 60% of total patients improved their social and domestic living skills so to lower the burden on their family members and community
  • Half of recovered and rehabilitated patients started participating in income generating activities and contributing in family income for better livelihood from 2008 till date
5 Psychosocial Support and empowerment
  • More than 1000 clients i.e. men, women and children were identified and assessed for psychosocial support through post stress management and empowerment from 2008 to date
  • Through individual and groups counseling sessions 800 women, men and children improved their interpersonal skills to resolve their immediate problems and overcome their stresses on self help basis from 2008 to date
  • 500 women & men enhanced their skills to control their stress and anger in proactive way
  • Follow up visits indicated that 65% clients among the trained beneficiaries reduced their stresses and resolved their problems independently.
6 Referral Mechanism
  • Referral mechanism with other GOs, NGOs and related institutions have benefited more than 500 beneficiaries at various level.

Achievements under Psychosocial Support Program:

1.     Project “Sahara” in October 2005’s earth quake hit area of District Mansehra and Batagram

Duration: 2 Years

Funded and Supported By: Oxfam Novib and Khwendo Kor

Primary Objective: To improve psychosocial status of women of the target villages to decide, plan and participate in rehabilitation process of their families through life skills training and post stress management.

Results Achieved:

  • 3 community empowering centers for women were established in earth quake hit area of district Mansehra and Batagram.
  • 3 MOs (men organization) and 3 WOs (women organization) was formed inside target community.
  • Psychosocial status of 2353 women was enhanced in target community through life skills and post stress management trainings.
  • Free psychiatric and medical camps benefited more than 1200 beneficiaries.
  • NFIs were distributed among 200 families in district Mansehra and Batagram.

2.     Project “Sahara II” in 2010’s Flood affected area of district Charssadda and Nowshehra

Duration: 4 months

Funded and Supported By: Local community, Friends of the MIND Norway, Humanity Care Stiftung, Germany

Primary Objective: To provide immediate support and assistance to vulnerable groups affected by 2010’s flood

Results Achieved:

  • Provided psychological first aid with 460 beneficiaries (men, women and children) through organizing individual and group counseling sessions in district Nowshehra and Charssadda.
  • Conducted free medical camps in district Nowshehra and Charssadda benefited more than 700 people.
  • Distributed food and non-food items among 350 most vulnerable families in district Nowshehra and Charssadda.
  • Provided free psychiatric and psychotherapeutic assistance to more than 200 mental patients (men, women and children) identified by other organizations working in flood affected area.

Achievements under Drug Demand Reduction Program:

1.     Project “Awareness raising among youth on drug abuse” in 2005

Duration: 3 months

Funded and Supported By: Anti Narcotics Force, Pakistan

Primary Objective: To create and spread awareness among youth on drug abuse by formation of peer pressure groups in district Peshawar

Results Achieved:

  • 3 days TOT attended by project team on creating awareness and forming peer pressure groups among youth for drug abuse prevention.
  • 10 awareness raising sessions were held with youth groups on drug abuse in Peshawar.
  • 10 peer pressure groups were formed by registering more than 120 youth members mostly school and college students for spreading awareness against drug abuse among youth on self-help basis in district Peshawar.

2.     Project “Narcotic Anonymous Sessions” in 2007

Duration: 6 months

Funded and Supported By: Anti Narcotics Force, Pakistan

Primary Objective: To reduce the relapse rate of drug addicts through the process of motivation and mobilization

Results Achieved:

  • Narcotic Anonymous literature was developed and distributed among drug addicts and their family members
  • 24 closed sessions were organized inside the community which benefited 400 drug addicts
  • 6 open sessions were organized inside the community which benefited 116 drug addicts and their family members

Other Achievements:

  • Friends of the MIND celebrates World’s Mental Health on 10th October every year
  • Friends of the MIND celebrates Anti Narcotics Day on 26June every year
  • Friends of the MIND organizes awareness seminars, healthy competitions and educational sessions among the college/university students every year.
  • Friends of the MIND organizes free medical camps inside the community on regular basis.
  • Friends of the MIND provides continuous support in shape of cash, kinds and services to the patients of Sarhad Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases, Peshawar the only psychiatric hospital with limited facilities of the province.
  • Friends of the MIND facilitated trainings and workshops on mental health to different organizations.
  • Friends of the MIND facilitated educational sessions in National Institute of Management (government organization working for the capacity building of bureaucracy).
  • Friends of the MIND with support of National Institute of Management developed initial draft of Mental Health Policy.
  • Friends of the MIND with support of its partner organizations participated and imparted its contribution in developmental projects other than mental health.