Countries with Local Action Groups
Anti-stigma efforts are underway in five centres around the country.
- Family groups have successfully utilized the importance of the media
as a medium to create awareness. They have used radio (especially effective
in rural areas), participated in TV programs, interviewed with the print
media and organized awareness programs that can capture media attention
during events such as World Health Day and Mental Health Week.
- Lobbying by Bangalore-based groups has resulted in the creation of
social audit teams to study issues related to care provision in halfway
homes. These teams also include family members.
- As a result of family advocacy efforts, a major change was made in
the 2001 census, which now allows people with disabilities (including
psychiatric disabilities) to be counted as a distinct category.
Dr R. Thara (Ms)
Schizophrenia Research Foundation
R/7A, North Main Road
West Anna Nagar Extension
Chennai- 600 101, Tamil Nadu
Tel: (+91-044) 26153971, 26151073