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GLIMPSES OF THRANI OUTREACH SERVICES

 

1. Training housewives on HIV/AIDS prevention at Panchayats

 

2. Workshop sensitizing media and professionals about Suicide Prevention

 

3. Training Community Counselors at Pallickal Panchayat

 

4. Street Play on HIV/AIDS prevention and promoting Mental Health

 

5. Workshop for THRANI volunteer counselors

 

6. Explaining THRANI services to public in All Kerala Science Exhibition

 

 

Exclusively Sponsored by:

International Mental Health Network KERALA PARTNERSHIP, U.K.

 

Details of THRANI reachout

Out reach intervention services is one of the important activities of THRANI, which is based on the principle of Community Medicine. An average of 20-25 clients are consulted/counseled every day, in outreach counseling service alone. Government General Hospital, Selected Educational Institutions, Prisons, and Three Panchayat / Corporation are the present areas of intervention. The number of clients counseled through out-reach services during the project year 2001-2002 is 2224. A total of 849 clients (including IV drug users) were helped through community based interventions, counselors go and counsel the clients at their respective places, rather than they coming to the center.

Two Panchayats (Pallickal Panchayat and Anchuthengu Panchayat) and One Corporation ward (Valiyathura / Vallakadavu Ward) were the identified target area for training community (grass-root level volunteer) counselors. In the first phase, people at large were invited to participate in the training programs through sensitization sessions at each Panchayat. Later Local Self Government selected trainees based on each ones' involvement and enthusiasms in public activities. The workshop emphasized Risk-reduction Skills Training, Crisis Intervention, Suicide Prevention, Sexuality, HIV and STI education (using prior prepared module). In phase two, trained grass root level counselors were prompted to plan Crisis Intervention, Suicide Prevention and HIV prevention outreach activities and encourage others in neighborhood to attend risk reduction workshops in the area. During phase three, the THRANI counselors met volunteers regularly to organize and conduct crisis management awareness events tailored to neighborhood values and interests. These events included local resource speakers talking on Suicide Prevention, Promoting Mental Health, HIV/AIDS prevention, safer sex - better living themes, exhibitions, songs and folk programs that highlighted Suicide Prevention, Crisis Intervention and HIV/AIDS Prevention messages. THRANI also conducted smaller-scale activities such as one to one conversations focused on Mental Health Promotion, Suicide Prevention, AIDS risk reduction, and distribution of safer sex materials.

A total of 80 volunteers were trained in three communities as per the prepared module, i.e., for 60 hours per community (6 hours per day for 10 days each). After the training, follow-ups are carried out on a regular basis. Sharing of experiences, discussions on the various interventions undertaken by the volunteers are the agenda for follow-ups. Each volunteer identifies those at high-risk and intervention plans are made accordingly, if not referrals for specialized services. The volunteers keep a record of their activities to be shared in the follow-up meetings. "The intervention's strong impact was likely due to the combination of Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention Counseling Training with HIV and sex related risk reduction education workshops and community events planned and carried out by well-liked and trusted individuals," said one Panchayat member. "These people helped create and reinforce community-wide social norms that supported Mental Health Promotion and HIV risk reduction."

 

 

 

 

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