The Mental Health Action Trust (MHAT) is a Not-for-Profit organisation that provides free, comprehensive, community-based, volunteer-led, cost-effective mental health care to the poorest people of the localities they serve, including the wandering homeless mentally ill. It aims to provide long term management of chronic mental disorders through a system of community-owned and managed care, supervised and run by MHAT. Our mission is to help people wth mental illness access psychiatric care and treatment without stigma, prejudice, and economic barriers. By building a model of mental healthcare centred within the community, we help affected individuals and families rebuild their lives and improve their ties with the community. We work towards creating a brighter future for all our citizens.
In recent times, the necessity of a public health approach to mental health has gained significance. Mental health research and advocacy suggests that bridging the gap in providing mental health-care, especially in low-income and developing countries, requires a greater role for society. In India, the shortage of mental health professionals and facilities has led to family members becoming caregivers for their loved ones suffering from mental illness. The burden of care and stigma attached to mental illness serves as a double setback for families already mired in poverty.
MHAT is registered as a Charitable Trust (Registration no: 335/2010, Calicut, Kerala, India) with its headquarters at the Institute of Palliative Medicine, Medical College, Calicut, Kerala. The Institute of Palliative Medicine is a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Community Participation in Palliative Care and Long Term Care.