Mission & Vision
People’s Forum, initiated “Mission Ashra” 15 years back with the sole objective of providing immediate shelter and required support to the mentally ill women who were either wandering on the streets or had no one to take care of. This insensitive condition of the destitute women in civilized society was intolerable. Mission Ashra was established
in 2003, to address the cause, care and concern of these victims. It currently houses over 240 women from various parts of the country. The center provides integrated rehabilitation to the residents – from rescue, treatment, counselling, and finally, reuniting with family and integrating them into larger community. The idea was to provide a hunger free and healthy society, where underprivileged people,
particularly women can illuminate their life with a ray of hope. Till date Mission Ashra is striving to work for the betterment of the downtrodden and marginalized individuals and communities. The centres of Mission Ashra are located in Janla, Talcher and Jharsuguda.
Mission Ashra visualises a society that has space for every individual, regardless of their
mental or physical condition, caste, economic class, age and gender. Mission Ashra
envisions the society to be a place where people with mental illness are given equal
opportunity to live a dignified life like any other individual with full freedom and liberty.
- To provide a complete Health solution (both physical and mental health) to the vulnerable group with an adequate, affordable and accessible service provision under one roof.
- To respond to the needs of women with mental health problems requiring psychosocial rehabilitation and care in residential settings.
- To ensure the reunion of the women in their family and society with total acceptance.
- To be a mental health care rehabilitation centre with high recovery and reunion rates.
- To be a pioneer of excellence in the field of mental health by addressing such needs of different sections of the society such as schools, colleges and communities.
More women than men, the world over, are said to suffer from mental disorders. Why is it so?
There is strong evidence which shows poverty, powerlessness and alienation are one of the main causes of mental disorders. These conditions are most frequently experienced by women. There is serious gap in the literature on health of the marginalized women. While women’s organizations across the world have been active against gender-based violence, the one aspect which has not been accorded the required attention is that of the mentally ill women.
In the context of Orissa, non-availability of adequate facilities including medical professionals, day care and short /long stay shelter homes, expensive medical treatment along with poor economic conditions aggravate the problem. In the current scenario the number of people suffering from mental illness is gigantic and the existing medical facilities are limited. The knowledge and sensitivity of the people on such issues is very circumscribed, which further acts as fuel to the fire. In Orissa, the mental health infrastructure is very poor. There are only 170 beds facility available for such patients in the three leading medical colleges. This reduces the access of the families in which one of the family member is diagnosed with any mental illness to an affordable, quality treatment. This eventually leads to an increase in the number of mentally ill people wandering on their own in the streets.