Mental illness is a much neglected area of public health in Pakistan. There are an estimated 15 million people in Pakistan who suffer from mental illness. In Karachi alone, well over 2 million people need proper mental health care to be able to return to the mainstream of life; until they receive proper treatment, they suffer in silence.
Mental illness is treatable. Modern pharmacology and new community approaches today have made treatment more holistic and effective.
Mental illness is frequently misdiagnosed, untreated, and often subject to religious and local superstitions, leading to ‘exorcisms’, or faith healers with spiritual solutions. Many families are financially drained from pursuing ‘spiritual’ alternatives. There is a need to understand that mental illness is an illness and just like any physical illness needs to be treated by medical professionals.
Karwan-e-Hayat forges ahead in providing relief to poor mentally ill patients through modern medication and rehabilitation services, either entirely free of cost or at heavily subsidized rates. We help them to return to their loved ones and a healthy life, and salvage the skills that they have lost during their illness.
We invite everyone who is interested to visit Karwan-e-Hayat and see how we are dealing with mental illness. We realize that mental illness is the scourge of our times and we are committed to deal with it on various fronts.
Clinical psychologist giving awareness on mental health at a local government school
Below are some of the signs and symptoms of mental disorders:
- Always being sad and dejected.
- Not being able to enjoy life.
- Having difficulty in making decisions.
- Unexplained increase or decrease in appetite and weight.
- Sleeping too much or too little.
- Considering one self to be useless.
- Unexplained bouts of joy and depression.
- Considering one self to be a very important person or a person of no account.
- Beginning many projects but being unable to complete them.
- Hearing voices which no one else can hear.