Who We Are
Birth of Snehi
As a response to the above challenge, a group of concerned individuals from various walks of life came together on the initiative of Shri Abdul Mabood and formed a non-profit organization focusing on the mental health need of the community called SNEHI on 12th October 1994. It was registered as a Society in April 1996 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 at Delhi.
Since its inception, Snehi is engaged in different projects to energize society and its institutions as well as help the individuals to face the aforesaid challenges to their psychosocial wellbeing. Snehi primarily focuses on addressing the emotional and mental health needs of the community and provides psychological counselling and support to people in crisis to prevent suicides & mental disorders and promote positive mental health.
Snehi aims to fulfil its vision by partnering and working with like-minded individuals/organizations, who are committed to similar values and objectives. Snehi realizes that it is only through joint efforts that a truly conducive macro- environment can be created for the care and growth of every individual. Though Snehi works to heal and support people from all walks of life.
Reached 1,41,223 People
Since its inception, with the support of hundreds of professionals and humanitarian volunteers, donors, and sympathizers from different walks of life, Snehi has managed to reach out to more than 1,41,223 individuals in distress and has helped them through its crisis intervention telephonic counselling and referral services.
Positive Mental Health
The good news is that the majority of people who experience emotional and mental health issues or problems can do things to manage or overcome these issues, and lead satisfying lives
Snehi helps support people in mental distress through three main services.
We educate youth and caregivers to develop the capacity to take care of their own psychological well-being and mental health.
We work to promote the wellbeing and positive mental health of children, adolescents, and families from all walks of life through effective counselling and support.
Counselling and support
We advocate making mental health a basic human right in India and ensuring that people with mental health problems are able to live in the community with dignity and participate in society with respect.
Our Guiding Principles
The basic principles guiding Snehi’s work are:
Respecting the dignity of every individual who seeks help regardless of any social norm.
Every individual has the ‘right to care’ with compassion for recovery.
Every individual approaching us is a ‘normal person’ experiencing a situational hazard.
Mental health is a developmental issue and requires consistent introspection.
Every individual has the potential to look after his/her own well-being with adequate support.
The dignity of every individual who seeks help should be respected.
To develop a centre of excellence for training and research in mental health. Through this centre, people interested in joining the field will be trained in various aspects of mental health care. As an outcome, a rich human resource base of competent & compassionate professionals will be developed who can fill the void of trained human resources to work with people for their mental health care in society.
To run programs for the promotion of positive mental health and prevention of psychological disorders through awareness activities based on Information Education Communication (IEC) programs.
To carry out advocacy with policy and opinion makers and also associate with like-minded groups, institutions, and individuals for effective right based mental health policy and law. The organization strives to bring about changes in the existing social, legal, attitudinal, and structural policy scenario for ensuring quality mental healthcare and dignity to people with psychosocial disabilities and mental disorders.
To sensitize other sectors of development and help them focus on the mental health of people they are working with.
To increase outreach in order to help more people in distress by providing crisis intervention counselling support, through counselling, guidance, referral, and rehabilitation efforts including but not limited to telephonic and face to face counselling using available interactive technologies.
Mental Health is a Fundamental Right, not a privilege
In the contemporary world, we are witnessing a process of change in all walks of life in a manner that humanity has not perhaps encountered before. Rapid and radical advancements in the field of science and technology, particularly in IT, and “globalization” in economic, political, and socio-cultural spheres have brought about unprecedented changes in the way people look at and experience life. In such a scenario, the beliefs and values of people and institutions are in flux.
The traditional institutions and support structures seem to give way to the ones that are yet to be ascertained and consolidated with certainty. Such a state of affairs, though conspicuous in an urban area, is not confined to it. The pristine and innocent rural life is more of a romantic idea of some people than a reality.
In fact, as far as the aforesaid contemporary changes are concerned, the gap between cities, towns, and villages is increasingly diminishing. Concomitant with these changes are the various psychosocial problems faced by the people.
Family disputes, marital discords, strained or broken relations, lack of communication between parents and children, problems of value conflict, maladjustment problems, depressions, loneliness, alcoholism, and drug addiction, problems related to sexuality, sexual identity and reproductive health & choice, incest, and sexual abuse, neglected senior citizens and their problems, stresses of consumerist and market-driven society, rising crimes against children & women, unchecked sectarian violence, racial & gender discrimination, hunger, massive unemployment, dwindling economy, decreasing faith in the justice system, crumbling democratic institutions, rising hate-based violence, diminishing common civic space for all, increasing gap between haves and have-nots, continuous attack on rights of citizens, etc., many known & unknown issues are the part of contemporary life that poses serious challenges to people’s psychosocial wellbeing.