KUSUMAGIRIMENTAL HEALTH CENTRE : KUSUMAGIRIMENTAL HEALTH CENTRE Dijo Augustine
Rajagiri College of Social Sciences Vision : Vision To love and care for the mentally sick with the compassionate love of Jesus. Mission : Mission To provide inexpensive wholesome mental health care to the less fortunate members of our society with Christian zeal and commitment. About the centre : About the centre Kusumagiri Mental Health Centre ( KMHC) was founded in 1971 by the Congregation of Medical Sisters of St. Joseph, Dharmagiri, Kothamangalam. It is one of the pioneering institutions of mental health care in the non governmental voluntary sector in Kerala. Slide 5: This is an open hospital where patients are admitted either voluntary or along with responsible relative. The treatment methods includes pharmacotherapy, Psychotherapy, Behavior therapy, Psychosocial interventions and occupational therapy. Out-patient Services : Out-patient Services Outpatient department is open on all days from 8 am to 4 pm except on sundays.The OP department renders services like Diagnosis and Treatment, Psychological assessment and scholastic assessment. In- patient services : In- patient services Patients are admitted with the responsible relative or guardian.
A bystander or responsibly an immediate relative will have to stay with the patient throughout his/her stay in hospital.
Psychological management, individual therapy, marital therapy, behavior modification & Occupational therapy are provided in the department. Navajyothi Child Psychiatry Centre : Navajyothi Child Psychiatry Centre KMHC’s Navajyothi Child psychiatry centre, an exclusive set-up for children, started its functioning in 1995. It provides treatment for childhood mental disorders and development related disorders. It has both in patient and outpatient facilities. Navajyothi Child Psychiatry Centre : Navajyothi Child Psychiatry Centre Out-Patient Department
Diagnosis and Management
IQ and Scholastic assesment. Navajyothi Child Psychiatry Centre : Navajyothi Child Psychiatry Centre In-Patient services
Remediation for children with LD. Navajyothi Child Psychiatry Centre : Navajyothi Child Psychiatry Centre Navajyothi Training Centre for Autism
Audio visual unit
Speech therapy Rehabilitation Unit : Rehabilitation Unit KMHC started its rehabilitation unit in 1997 with the objective of preserving patients residual capacities from further deterioration.
35 patients are presently admitted.
Social skills training.
Active care programme.
Activities for improving the functional level of each patient. Outreach programmes : Outreach programmes Navajyothi counselling centre, Plarivattom.
Lisieux counselling centre, Chembumukku
Liason- psychiatry, Co-operative panchayath Hospital, Thrikkakara
School mental health programme Slide 14: Patron
Superior general Director
Provincial Superior Governing board Administrator Administrative team Medical superintend Nursing superintend Assi. administrator Psychiatrist Clinical Psychiatrist Pharmacist Occupational Therapist Speech Therapist Special Educators Lab Technician Head Nurse Ward in charge Auxiliary Nurses Domestic staff Clinical Instructor Student Nurses Accountant Clerical staff Dietitian Drivers OPD Staff Security Hostel warden Activities of SSW in child psychiatry section : Activities of SSW in child psychiatry section Daily meeting and evaluation with psychiatric social worker
Interacted with caretakers of autistic children
Psycho social assessment of children having problems
Interaction with interdisciplinary team members
Visited training units and therapy sessions in the child psychiatry department
Organized participatory personality development program for children Activities of SSW in adult psychiatry section : Activities of SSW in adult psychiatry section Observation and interaction with people with psychiatric problems
Daily rounds with the inter disciplinary team members
Conducted group activities for the patients in the occupational therapy sessions
Took case history and mental status examination
Organized group sharing and interactive session for the bystanders Activities in the rehabilitation unit : Activities in the rehabilitation unit functional assessment
Observed vocational rehabilitation activities
Interaction with patients in the rehabilitation and evaluated their current level of functioning
Organized group activities for the patients in the afternoon session Slide 18: Visited Cardinal Padiyara Nature Yogashram.
Visited Asha Bhavan, Assylum for cured mentally challenged people.
Prepared documentary on AUTISM.
Worked in speech therapy unit.
Worked in Remediation programme.
Trained children who is having low IQ Group work : Group work Participatory training programme for "CHANGATHIKKOOTTAM"
Participatory group therapy for bystanders. Observations : Observations Open hospital where patients are admitted either voluntarily or along with a responsible relative
Possesses a beautiful and spacious campus which allows the patients to move around freely
Majority of the patients had paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder
Spiritual healing Cntd.. : Cntd.. Some of the patients had side effects of medication like drooling, drowsiness etc.
Occupational therapy had a great impact on the different levels of functioning of individuals
Family involvement was one of the specialties of kusumagiri.
Psycho education and awareness programes were arranged for the bystanders. Cntd… : Cntd… Better chances of improvement is possible in the case of people having positive symptoms
Early diagnosis is better than later treatment in the case of autistic children
Each member in the inter disciplinary team have their own role and no one is superior and inferior.
proper diagnosis can be done only through experience Learning points…. : Learning points…. Learned to take case history and mental status examination
Learned to deal with people with psychiatric problems
Learned to understand psychotic symptoms shown by the patient