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Shibani (50 years approx), was a resident of Mallick Phatak, Howrah. **She first showed signs of mental problems in her late teens. The symptoms aggravated after her marriage.** She is a mother of two sons. Shibani had taken sporadic psychiatric treatment for a few years, but it did not help her much. **When her chronic Schizophrenia worsened she was admitted to the Govt. Mental Hospital. She continued to stay there for fourteen years.** She began to get better but needed psychosocial rehabilitation. **As she didn't know of any family who could support her, she was referred to the Paripurnata Half-way home.** When she was admitted to the home, she had a vague speech pattern, suspiciousness and other similar symptoms.At Paripurnata Halfway Home, she underwent the residential rehabilitation program. It comprises pharmacotherapy & counseling, occupational and socio-cultural therapies. **She was provided free of cost accommodation, food, clothes, and medicines.**Initially, she was quite incoherent and could not talk much about her husband and her sons. With time, she opened up and started giving out some information about her family. The representatives of Paripurnata visited the address given in her hospital records. They found that her husband was living alone in a makeshift home on the roadside. He was unemployed, disheveled and emaciated. He gave the details of their older son who lived with his wife in Thakurpukur and worked as a rickshaw puller. The team from Paripurnata contacted him. He came to visit his mother and promised to take her home once her condition stabilized. Shibani continued to suffer from hallucinatory incidents. **The staff of Paripurnata worked hard with her for her rehabilitation. She gradually got better and her condition was in control with medication.**Shibani is now back home with her son. The half-way home keeps in touch with her to make sure she is fine and healthy.**Without the support and care of Paripurnata's staff Shibani would have spent all her life in the Govt. Mental hospital. The care and treatment she received have helped her return to her family. **You can also help poor patients with mental illness get the help that they deserve. You can donate so that they can get the support which can help them overcome their condition. You can give with confidence because every program listed is [GIVEASSURED](https://www.giveindia.org/giveassured).**


About The Program

Paripurnata runs a half-way-home for patients who suffer from mental illness. This home provides the patients with a safe shelter and rehabilitation and helps in their re-entry into their families. One unit of donation to this program will cover the salaries of the caretakers and staff for the care of one resident of the halfway home. The half-way-home is a temporary place, where the patients stay at for a small period. Screening of potential residents is carried out by a series of interviews with the candidate at the mental hospital. The information regarding the candidate's present condition is sought from the caregivers. On being selected, the patients are asked to come to Paripurnata for a couple of hours for a planned stay on a fixed date to see for themselves the environment of Paripurnata and meet the house staff, administrative staff and present residents. A sub-committee for monitoring the psychosocial rehabilitation process takes the final decision. Paripurnata's rehabilitation programme offers pharmacotherapy, occupational therapy, non-formal education, and counseling. Women also re-learn cooking, cleaning, shopping and other skills needed for daily living. They are regularly taken out for picnics, tours, and other social gatherings for developing social skills. The duration of the planned stay is usually for 2-3 years. As the patients get rehabilitated, they are reunited with their families under the guidance of a professional counselor. Regular follow-ups oversee the re-entry after they return to their homes. Follow-up program entitles regular home visits, family counseling and family meets. In case of relapse, they are re-admitted to the Home for short periods. The duration of the follow-up programme is for three years. The duration of time for which the patients stay at the half-way Home sometimes even go up to 9-12 years. Out of the 201 number of patients who have been admitted to the home, the program has helped in the rehabilitation of 165 patients till March 2011. When you donate to the program, you will help an underprivileged patient with mental illness get access to care and rehabilitation.


About The NGO

Paripurnata runs a half-way-home for patients who suffer from mental illness. This home provides the patients with a safe shelter and rehabilitation and helps in their re-entry into their families. One unit of donation to this program will cover the salaries of the caretakers and staff for the care of one resident of the halfway home. The half-way-home is a temporary place, where the patients stay at for a small period. Screening of potential residents is carried out by a series of interviews with the candidate at the mental hospital. The information regarding the candidate's present condition is sought from the caregivers. On being selected, the patients are asked to come to Paripurnata for a couple of hours for a planned stay on a fixed date to see for themselves the environment of Paripurnata and meet the house staff, administrative staff and present residents. A sub-committee for monitoring the psychosocial rehabilitation process takes the final decision. Paripurnata's rehabilitation programme offers pharmacotherapy, occupational therapy, non-formal education, and counseling. Women also re-learn cooking, cleaning, shopping and other skills needed for daily living. They are regularly taken out for picnics, tours, and other social gatherings for developing social skills. The duration of the planned stay is usually for 2-3 years. As the patients get rehabilitated, they are reunited with their families under the guidance of a professional counselor. Regular follow-ups oversee the re-entry after they return to their homes. Follow-up program entitles regular home visits, family counseling and family meets. In case of relapse, they are re-admitted to the Home for short periods. The duration of the follow-up programme is for three years. The duration of time for which the patients stay at the half-way Home sometimes even go up to 9-12 years. Out of the 201 number of patients who have been admitted to the home, the program has helped in the rehabilitation of 165 patients till March 2011. When you donate to the program, you will help an underprivileged patient with mental illness get access to care and rehabilitation.


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Paripurnata

Paripurnata

Beneficiary Charity

Rohit Nair

Rohit Nair

Organiser

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