Rehabilitation homes for patients recovering from mental illness opened in Kerala

Snehakkoodu is the name of rehabilitation homes that have been opened recently in Kerala.

The rehabilitation homes are for people who have been cured of mental illness. They are ready to enter society again.

Snehakkoodu is a joint effort of the Kerala Health department's Arogya Keralam project, The Banyan, a mental health NGO, and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

The homes have been set up in Malappuram and Kozhikode. They can accommodate 100 people.

The homes are to help people who have been cured of mental illness to re-enter society. These are people who received treatment at the government mental health centres in Thrissur, Kozhikode, and Thiruvananthapuram. Only patients from these centers are eligible to be a part of Snehakkoodu.

Snehakkoodu will help out four types of mentally ill people:

• People abandoned by their families.

• People who do not wish to go back to their families.

• People with mental disabilities who are not able to pay attention, or work.

• People who have no memory of their families.

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