SEVAC runs two psychiatric clinics, a 50 bedded mental health facility and a 50 bedded shelter home, and a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Centre known as ‘Clubhouse’. It is noteworthy that “Clubhouse” is an internationally accepted model which is being practiced in 32 countries across the world for facilitating the rehabilitation and mainstreaming of the persons with mental illness. SEVAC has introduced this model in India for the first time .
The hospital and other infrastructure of SEVAC have been built with contributions from various institutional and corporate donors over the years. Services of Doctors, Psychiatrists and Psychologists are mostly being provided pro-bono. Only operational costs, such as medicines, food, toiletries, treatment, linen, garments, services of the care-giving staff and overheads, have to be raised by SEVAC, of which 60% come from patients’ contributions. For the remaining 40% they are dependent on donations. Unfortunately, there are no government schemes/grants available for running such facilities, and most Corporates under CSR want to fund infrastructure or other tangibles. The last one year has been particularly tough for SEVAC, and they have been borrowing from suppliers to meet their costs.
I have known SEVAC since 2012, when my organization provided them with a Project grant for 3 years. I decided to help them out of the present crisis by appealing to my friends, family and the larger public to donate to a worthy cause. It does not matter how small or big the contribution is. What matters is that you contribute.