THE WHO MODEL OF MENTAL HYGIENE AND MENTAL WELLNESS
ACT has tried to continue the model of Prevention and Proactive Intervention in emotional and mental health as well. In fact, ACT can be viewed as a microcosm of the Community Mental Health model visualised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). From the 1960s the WHO has been looking at mental health as a community goal.
Psychological distress for the underprivileged is due to their personal inadequacies and the formidably harsh conditions battering their defences. They need a conducive and nurturing environment where their specific needs can be met and huge measures of skill building can take place: these skills could be professional, emotional, financial and cognitive. The ACT Resource Centre captures all these needs and proves to be a haven of Mental and Emotional Wellness for the underprivileged children of the Ulsoor slums – M.V. Garden, Jayaraj Nagar, and others.
The Resource Centre is located in the heart of the city within easy access of our many volunteers – individuals and corporates alike. Our location is also within the vicinity of the children’s homes and schools. This is because we want both children and their families to be able to approach us within 10 minutes of feeling the need for us.
At the Resource Centre we provide an atmosphere of humanitarianism and democracy. We increase the dignity and esteem of the children and their families by inviting them to participate and contribute to our working processes. These techniques have gone a long way to remove their customary helplessness and frustration in the face of debilitating social stressors. Our motto, our dream, is to create a new generation of underprivileged who, given the right direction and motivation, will grow to be the nation’s pride and strength.