Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF India)
A mental health centre and nonprofit organization based at Chennai was founded in 1984 with the primary objective of providing quality care and rehabilitation to those suffering from severe mental disorders. Towards this, we have established an out-patient department, daycare centre and an – patient facility at the Mental Health Center, Anna Nagar and two residential rehabilitation centres at Thiruverkadu and Mahabalipuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
We also run a number of community-based treatment programmes in rural and urban areas.
Research into several aspects of mental health is also an important activity. SCARF has been designated as the Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization for Mental health research and training. Our biennial conference ICONS (International Conference on Schizophrenia) draws a response from distinguished researchers from all over the world. SCARF also trains a number of students of psychology, social work, nursing and occupational therapy and is affiliated to the Dr.MGR Medical University for PhD studies in mental health.
Promoting mental health awareness and lobbying for the benefits for the mentally ill is another activity we have been pursuing. Apart from the many educational materials we have produced, the film festival Frame of Mind is also designed to improve awareness and deal with stigma. We have also initiated a media award for journalists writing on mental health.
To know more, visit: http://www.scarfindia.org