Snehi is a not for profit, non-governmental mental healthcare organisation. It was established on the 12th of October, 1994 by a group of individuals who were sensitive towards the rise of mental health problems in the community and were keen to provide services to meet this rising demand. Snehi was registered as a voluntary organisation in April 1996.
Snehi primarily focuses on addressing the emotional and mental health needs of the community and provides psychological counselling and support to people in crisis; particularly victims of abuse, violence and trauma.
Since its inception, with the support of hundreds of professional and student volunteers, donors and sympathisers from different walks of life, Snehi has managed to reach out to more than 131,839 individuals in distress and has helped them through its counselling and referral services.
Snehi aims to fulfill its vision by partnering and working with like-minded individuals/organisations who are committed to similar values and objectives. Snehi realises that it is only through joint efforts that a truly conducive macro- environment can be created for the care and growth of every individual.
Though Snehi works to heal and support people from all walks of life, the emphasis of most of these programmes is mainly on Children and Adolescents – the citizens of tomorrow.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Mental health is a state of successful performance of the mind, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships and the ability to adapt the change as well as to cope with adversity. It is indispensable to personal well-being, family and interpersonal relationships and a positive contribution to society.
The basic principles guiding Snehi’s work are:
- Prevention is root of cure.
- No psycho-pathological occurrence takes place in isolation, it is very much a part and product of society.
- In order to understand the psychology of a person, one has to understand the sociology (context) of the person.
- Mental health is not only a health issue; it is also a developmental issue and is directly linked to the productivity of individuals and society.
- Every individual has the ‘right to care’ with compassion for recovery.
- The dignity of every individual who seeks help, irrespective of social and cultural background, religious beliefs and practices, caste and clan, should be respected.
To increase outreach and help distressed people by providing crisis intervention, trauma relief, child and adolescent counselling, guidance and rehabilitation services through our counselling centre.
To develop a centre for training and research in mental health. Through this centre, people interested in joining the field will be trained in various aspects of mental healthcare. As an outcome, a rich human resource base of competent professionals will be created who can fill the void of trained human mental health professionals in our country.
To run programmes for promotion of positive mental health and prevention of psychological disorders through awareness activities based on Information Education Communication (IEC) programmes and also by setting up different helplines as part of service delivery.
To carry out advocacy with policy and opinion makers and also network with like- minded groups, institutions and individuals for effective right based mental health policy. The organisation strives to bring about changes in the existing social, legal, attitudinal, and structural policy scenario for ensuring quality mental healthcare and dignity to people with psycho-social and psychiatric disabilities.
To sensitise other sectors of development and help them focus on the mental health of people they are working with.