Sambandh Health Foundation is a charitable Trust working in the area of public health, within which there are two focus areas - Mental Illness and Tobacco Control. Started by a small group of caregivers and family members of persons living with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in 2011, Sambandh has grown to be a respected name in the domain of mental health in India.

Severe mental illness affects about 1.9% of the population in India. Despite the chronic and long-term nature of some mental disorders, with the proper treatment, people suffering from these can live productive lives and be an integral part of their communities. Stigma, and fear due to lack of awareness of the illness are major obstacle in seeking medical help and recovery.

With its programmes, Sambandh works to promote better understanding of mental illness, as well as addressing various related issues. In this, Sambandh’sgoals are:

  • To build the capacity of people living with mental illness and their families.
  • To educate the public about mental health and illness, and
  • To advocate for improved treatment and community supports 

At Sambandh we firmly believe that the web of relationships between all stakeholders - the person living with mental illness, the family, society, state and professionals must be strengthened and they can work together and provide education and community based supports needed by the person to recover and become a contributing member of the community.

We have been successfully running a Community Integration Programme, the ultimate objective of which is to see people with mental disorders lead productive and independent lives. We do this by helping people build social skills, confidence, and the independence to choose their desired career paths. An important indicator of success of our various programmes is in people living with mental illness gaining employment or going back to complete their education.

Different support programmes are designed using finding from the most up-to-date research which indicates that people living with mental illness can achieve meaningful lives and fully participate in society.