The Maanasi Model
Comprehensive community mental health care initiative

Today the “Maanasi Clinic” at Mugalur village is serving poor women, men and children with varying degrees of mental illness by providing medical care, medicines, mental care education for patients from 206 villages, 8 districts around Bangalore with a reach of 6 million households.

With over 12 years of sustained efforts by Dr. Geetha and team of doctors from St. Johns Medical College at “Project Maanasi” established a successful model for implementing a comprehensive community psychiatry program in rural India. Rural mental health care takes care of culturally congruence; integrate primary care and local community workers for success.

“The Maanasi Model” is based on extensive study done from Indian rural context to a significant association of common mental disorders with female gender, low education, poverty, lack of access to running water in the home, and experiencing hunger.

The team developed and implemented this model of care delivery

  • Targeting the indigent women in the region
  • Integrating mental health care with primary care
  • Making care affordable and accessible
  • Sustaining the program long term

As the result, today at “Project Maanasi “ provides mental healthcare for the indigent using a successful and vibrant model that overcame hurdles to treat thousands of patients from hundreds of villages in Southern India. Of note are low resource use, and the lack of accessibility, comprehensive care, the use of indigenous caseworkers and primary care professionals.

“Maanasi Clinic” at Mugalur:

  • A team of trained doctors from St. Johns Medical College at the “Maanasi Clinic”
  • 4 dedicated trained caseworkers / heath workers, who travel to distant villages on motorcycles to provide medical support and awareness campaigns.
  • Documented process for patient screening, outreach mechanism to treat patients in 206 villages, well documented treatment procedure, awareness programs.
  • Computerized Metal Health Management and Recording System to keep tack to thousands of patient case history.
  • Free medicines for poor patients.

"A stronger nation is built by its healthy and mentally sound people"

Message from the Chairman,
Maanasi Committee

The “Maanasi Model” has been recognised by the World Health Organisation (W.H.O) as one of the models for providing effective mental health care in developing nations. Let's adopt this in our community , society and villages and help millions of of our needy patients.

- Ramesh Bulchandani

Project Maanasi Committee Team: Rotary Bangalore Midtown
  • Mr. Ramesh Bulchandani - Chairman RY 2016-17
  • Mr. Ajay Goel - Advisor
  • Mr. F R Singhvi
  • Mr. G S Bhaskar
  • Mr. Rajeev Sikka
  • Ms. Nishu Jouhari
  • Mr. Deepak Poddar
  • Mr. Jayanth M Pattanshetti
  • Mr. M C Agarwal
  • Mr. Varadu Seshamani
  • Mr. Prasad R V
  • Mr. Trinadh L
  • Mr. Varadan P
Message from
Dr. Geetha Jayaram

The humanitarian work of Rotary consists of three Cs:

  • a Cause or concern
  • a Critical solution or intervention
  • and a Credible team to execute the solution.
The Maanasi project is an example of such life giving work.

- Dr. Geetha Jayaram

Project Maanasi Committee Team: Rotary Howard West
  • Dr. Geetha Jayaram - Chair and Director
  • PDG Mr. Jayaram Kumar
  • Mr. Chuck Walsh - President