Nambikkai Vocational and Occupational Training Centre
Employment is often difficult for the mentally ill because of the impact of mental illness that diminishes their focus and ability to work and making them more challenging to pursue. Secondly, most of the mentally ill lose jobs due to their inability to perform work or fulfill the requirements as per the employer’s expectations.
As a result of the disease, they neglect their health and lose social contact and become housebound. This will collapse the family and increase the burden of care economically and psychologically.
Rehabilitation for mental illness is essential for the recovery that, too, with vocational training, the ailing person will improve significantly and would become a useful member of the family and the community as well.
Hence we started Nambikkai vocational and occupational training centre in 2000 to make their lives worthy and meaningful.
How we do that
When a person with mental illness is exposed to the Vocational and Rehabilitation Center, he /she does not perform all the work immediately. The Social Worker and vocational instructor at the Vocational Education Center will discuss with the psychiatrist and collect information about his / her diagnosis and medication and analyze factors such as his / her skills, ability to perform, attention and concentration, understanding capacity and his interest to assign vocational training.
Thus, Vocational training is becoming increasingly important for the mentally ill to improve the state.
Our Rehab Programme
Nambikkai’s Rehabilitation programme is designed to meet each person’s specific needs; therefore, each program is different. Some general components for rehabilitation programs include the following:
- Treating the basic disease through regular consultation & medication and preventing complications or relapses.
- Providing adaptive tools and altering the environment
- Providing vocational training to adopt new skills so that they may feel confident about their future.
- Teaching the patient and family and helping them adapt to lifestyle changes
The success of rehabilitation depends on many variables, including the following:
- The nature and severity of the mental illness
- The type and degree of any resulting impairments and disabilities
- The overall health of the patient
- Family support
Areas covered in rehabilitation programs may include the following:
Our lime light programme is occupational Training
What our beneficiaries do
- Candle making
- Medicine cover making
- Emboss painting
- Vermi-compost making
- Areca plate making (Eco-friendly plates)
- Agriculture based activities
Our beneficiaries manufacture the products; do marketing and sale the products to customers. Our job is to monitor their behavior, activities and provide assistance where it is needed. Initially a beneficiary may not do all those activities; we start with analyzing his area of interest and his/her cognitive functions. Slowly our instructors motivate them to involve in vocational programme, day by day the beneficiary improve in terms of productivity, involvement over a activity, perfection as well as the cognitive functions.
We ensure the Family acceptance and support which can help a patient to deal with issues related to self-esteem and self-image following the mental illness. Positive attitudes and reinforcement from loved ones often help the individual work towards recovery.
We also ensure Family participation, flexibility, and open communication can overcome many barriers associated with their illness. Families who inspire hope can help the individual to adjust and become more confident in his or her own abilities.
Once they are improved we help them to place in jobs and we have also employed 15 such persons as our regular staff with all benefits of other employees.
We take pride in providing rehabilitation to deprived members to opportunity with dignity. We stand as a successful model to be emulated by others.