Addressing Livelihood Issues among Persons with Severe Mental Disorders in a Rural Community: Experiential Account of Using WHO CBR Management Cycle
Background: Persons with severe mental disorders are a very vulnerable population. They are at a higher risk of being discriminated in access to health care, social services and employment. Objective: The study looks at describing about how livelihood as a component of community based rehabilitation can help in rehabilitation of persons with severe mental disorders and the challenges faced in implementing it. Methodology:ACBR project for severe mental disorders was initiated with the help of Association for People with Disability and the local health and disability welfare department in Jagalur taluk of Davangere District in 2015. The CBRmanagement cycle given by WHO is used in this study this follows the principles of action research. Results: The CBR framework given by WHO is useful in conceptualising the project and using locally identified recourses for livelihood related rehabilitation of persons with SMD. Conclusion: Livelihood is an essential part of every individual and it plays an essential role in the recovery process of people with severe mental disorders. As emphasised in the WHO CBR guidelines using locally available resources in the process of rehabilitation is essential.
Keywords: Persons with Severe Mental Disorders, Rural Community, WHO CBR
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