The Richmond Fellowship Society (India) (RFS (I)) was launched in 1986 to provide care and rehabilitation for people with chronic mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disease, in India and some neighbouring countries. In 1999 we opened a College to address the skills shortage in the field of rehabilitation. Thousands of individuals with chronic mental illness have benefited from our work since RFS(I) was launched 1986 in Bangalore.
The therapeutic community is at the heart of our work. Our homes are staffed by rehabilitation experts who run a structured programme of daily activities and provide vocational training. Over the course of six months to a year, our clients are able to return to their families and communities with a higher level of independence, functionality and dignity. Some stay with us indefinitely in specialized homes, though even here many are able to work and have social functions outside of the care home.
Rural mental health
Many mentally disabled people in rural areas face discrimination and do not have access to basic diagnosis, interventions or medicines. Several of our branches run rural projects. For example, our outreach camp at Sidlaghatta in Karnataka for example, provides regular clinics and care for the people of 150 villages. We have also undertaken awareness-raising projects in the villages such as the three-year Chikkballapur outreach project. This travelling campaign included talks and street theatre, to raise awareness of the issues of mental health and help families access the information and care they need.
The Richmond Fellowship Post Graduate College for Psychosocial Rehabilitation offers training including the MSc in Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Counseling. This course trains people such as Social Workers and Psychologists in the counseling and other skills required to become rehabilitation specialists. Our students benefit enormously from the exposure they get to clients in our care homes and field projects.
There is a severe shortage of mental health professionals in India, the shortage of rehabilitation specialists is even greater. Our MSc is one of only two in the country. Our College is making a significant contribution to the mental health services in India.
We also run short courses [make link to professional training] for a variety of professionals who wish to specialize in rehabilitation or brush up their skills. These programmes can be tailored for individual needs.
The Richmond Fellowship College is affiliated to the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, accredited by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council, and recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India. We have a memorandum of understanding with NIMHANS under which resources are shared for the mutual benefit of our students and faculties.
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The Richmond Fellowship Society (India)National Board HQ & Administrative Office“Ushakirana”, 406-A/10,7th MainJayanagar II Block,Bangalore-560 011Tele: +91 (080) 26575389; Email: