It has been estimated that around a tenth of Jharkhandis suffer from mental health problems, but only one fourth of them receive treatment. The traditional methods of caring for villagers with severe mental illnesses, including epilepsy, often failed. Deaths of villagers due to accidents caused by epilepsy, or suicides due to non availability of health care, are common.
Stemming from a concern for women facing mental health problems during pregnancy, including post partum depression and psychosis, Jan Chetna Manch, Bokaro embarked on a programme to address the wider needs of mental health in the area five years ago.
With the help and partnership of the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Ranchi, JCMB has provided help to over 700 villagers with mental health problems. A team from the CIP visits the Health Centre in Chamrabad each month and around a hundred villagers with a wide range of mental health issues come for their services.