Many persons living with a mental illness spend crucial years struggling with it and its impact on their lives and those of their families. Most withdraw and isolate themselves, wherein their lives are drastically disrupted, and they lose time, energy and motivation to realise their potential and enjoy a meaningful life in society. They lose hope, feel worthless and have the constant feeling of not fitting in.


The Sambandh Community Integration Centre (CIC) is a Resource Centre designed to support people living with mental illness to regain their self-worth and live a meaningful life within society. While helping in the important work of running the Centre, members (persons living with mental illness, who engage with us) also build their confidence and skills to help achieve individual success.


CIC is the Central Hub from which all other programmes extend into the community




One trustee astutely called CIC “the “motherboard” of Sambandh Mental Health, providing a rich culture and constant source of encouragement and nourishment for this rewarding but challenging work.


The heart of our organization, these CICs offer a welcoming, respectful and collaborative environment, and provide pre-vocational training, employment and educational supports, wellness activities and peer support. The training for our unique Recovery Model based on latest research, and participation with members at CIC prepares our team for our different programmes.



For Members


Community Integration Centre (CIC): A day support centre designed to help persons with mental illness regain their self-worth and live a meaningful life within society. The CIC is operational in Gurugram in collaboration with the Haryana Government and is part of the DMHP (District Mental Health Programme. It is a free-of-cost Recovery programme for adults living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.



Outreach Programme:  Many times people living with mental illness are not willing to come out and be a part of a group. However, they express the need for support and we support them through home visits, meeting in the community or via the telephone


Weekend Leisure- All work and no play can make anyone dull and grey. Hence, apart from participating in the operations of the CIC, members are supported to venture out into communities, watch movies, shop, plant trees and more.



For Families



Family Self Help Group (FSHG): Families face unique challenges caring for their loved ones living with mental illness. Sambandh Family Self-Help groups meet monthly at the CIC, Civil Hospital and the villages, where families share their experiences and support each other to better understand mental illness and its effects.

Family Self Help Group (FSHG)

Family Counselling Unit: The feeling of guilt, shame and a sense of hopelessness among families, where a loved one is living with mental illness, are common. They undergo stress at multiple levels; Sambandh extends its services to families to be able to cope with stress and burnout.

Family Counselling


Others



Awareness Programmes: There is a lot of stigma and myths attached to mental illness and this is one of the key reasons, why it remains hidden to a great extent. To address this, Sambandh organizes awareness programmes in the form of street plays, talks, workshops and distribution of materials. These take place in schools, universities, villages, primary health centres, Aganwadi centres, police stations, temples, dargahs and the community as a whole.

Awareness Programmes

Village Mental Health Programme: Late 2016, the community mental health programme - ‘The village project’ came into being. This project takes the Recovery Programme to hitherto, relatively untouched areas, nearby villages, and makes it accessible to the local people.

Village Mental Health Programme

The village Programme has been possible with the support of MPS Limited.


Sambandh carried all its experience and learning to four villages in and around Gurugram - Gurgaon Gaon, Basai (including Basai Enclave and Saraswati Enclave), Gandhi Nagar (including Shivji Park and Sakti Park) and Jharsa, with very fruitful results.


Supportive Living Project (Group Homes): Sambandh Group home provides safe accommodation in a home like setting. The goal is to promote independence while having access to accommodation and flexible supports. Residents, program officers, live in staff work together to set the operational guidelines of the home.
Focus is on individual supports and goal setting in the areas of the person's interests and for community living, within the home and the larger community. Peer support and problem solving are key components of such an environment.

Group Home


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