About Us

Our Vision

To remove the stigma against mental illness in developing countries.

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Our Mission

To transform the psychiatric treatment process in Pakistan by providing rehabilitation services in major hospitals and to battle the stigma around mental illness by creating equal opportunity in workplaces.

Rehabilitation

CFH practitioners implement the entire Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) program, along with elements of family psychoeducation and supported employment. IMR, family psychoeducation and supported employment are three evidence-based practices of Psychiatric Rehabilitation -- services that promote recovery, community integration and improved quality of life for people diagnosed with mental illness. The IMR program educates clients about their illness, teaches them strategies to cope with stress and prevent relapse. Practitioners build clients’ functionality and help them to fulfill personal recovery goals. The modules covered are:

  1. Recovery Strategies
  2. Common Symptoms of Mental Health Issues
  3. Stigma
  4. Causes and Treatment Strategies
  5. Building Social Support
  6. Using Medication Effectively
  7. Reducing Relapses
  8. Coping with Stress
  9. Coping with Problems & Symptoms
  10. Getting Your Needs Met in the Mental Health System

Additionally, sessions are held to offer support and guidance to the client’s family in caring for the client.

Reintegration

After rehabilitation of the client, CFH uses its network of partners to allow a smooth reintegration of the client into society. The client is given support with CV making and interview practices. The client’s skills and knowledge of the working world are taken into account as well as their ability and desire to cope post rehabilitation. Clients are sent to interviews at employer organizations from CFH’s network, based on their skill set. After interview rounds, the client is successfully placed into a job. The client’s practitioner follows up with the client at regular time intervals. The practitioner also follows up regularly with the employer of the client to make sure no symptoms for relapse are observed. In the case, the client is relapsing; the practitioner immediately takes control of the situation so as the client may have a smooth work life. Clients that secure job placements keep CFH sustainable by funding a new client. This funding is based on a criteria established by the CFH team which takes into account the clients income, family dependents etc. and therefore is a small percentage (5-20%) of the clients income for a one year period. CFH does not take any monetary funds from clients that qualify for zakat; these clients are in fact funded directly by CFH. Any transactions that contribute to CFH’s network are not done on the institute’s grounds but done post rehabilitation at CFH’s office and therefore have nothing to do with the institute where the client was initially placed. CFH shares this information with partner organizations purely for the institute’s knowledge of how CFH functions sustainably.

Relapse Prevention

Clients receive regular follow up sessions after they have completed their course at CareForHealth.

Awareness

CareForHealth spreads awareness regarding mental health, psychiatric rehab, and avenues for rehabilitation through online and offline platforms.

Testimonials

“The problem with mental health isn’t just the fact that people suffer from this condition. Even if they are cured and become healthy again, they are forever regarded as ‘damaged’ by society and are not given the opportunity to have a normal life again. No one hires them because they feel they will relapse or are too scared to take the chance, even if the person is completely recovered. This is how I ended up Co-Founding CARE FOR HEALTH where we actually go further than just therapy and try to link organisations that are willing to hire recovered patients and help them regain control of their life.”

“You can’t eliminate the problem like that, I feel we are not aware of this as much as we should be and it’s time to change that.”

Alizeh

I contacted CareForHealth because I wanted to help people who had gone through what I knew I went through. I managed to work through the issues and pull myself out but everyone isn’t as lucky. I personally feel it is a calling for me. I think if you haven’t been through serious depression yourself, you can’t really empathise with someone who is suffering from it. If you have walked through it then the solution you give is not just two dimensional, you can create a space for someone going through it because you know where they are at. I personally never took any medication for my depression but it is very necessary because as far as our perception of mental health goes, a lot of us tend to believe only what we can see. This it isn’t a physical ailment. It is a an invisible wound. Mental Health issues basically arise when you are going through an experience and are unable to process that experience and then cannot cope with it. We actively suppress a lot of what we are feeling. What that does it is that it keeps the problem alive and unresolved. We try and solve it superficially but not actually deal with it. People tend to consider depression as a character flaw and that is really not right. This is prevalent everywhere in our society. Today we face a huge problem because of this neglect and we need to tackle this head on. This is something I want to do with my life, to cause this shift in society and create more awareness about Mental Health.

Bilal

Last year, one of my friends made a play to create awareness for mental health issues and I met people from CareFor Health. I was immediately attracted to the idea of what they do- the fact that they go beyond therapy and help get recovered patients get jobs. I wanted to get involved…..

I can’t describe how it feels when we see progress in our patients. One lady who couldn’t even leave her home because she feared she would not be able to find her way back now goes for hour long walks in a park close to her house. This is just after 3 months of therapy. She was such an anxious and depressed person when she joined us. She tells us that she doesn’t see us as counsellors, rather as friends whom she can come confide in. Counselling is really all about compassionate listening. We try and create a safe, non judgemental setting and that’s really the key to have patients open up. They need catharsis. Families of patients tend to believe in black magic and rather go to pir babas to “fix” the problem instead.

Saiff

I can’t describe how it feels when we see progress in our patients. One lady who couldn’t even leave her home because she feared she would not be able to find her way now goes for hour long walks in a park close to her house. This is just after 3 months of therapy. She was such an anxious and depressed person when she joined us. She tells us that she doesn’t see us as counselors, rather as friends whom she can come confide in. Counseling is really all about compassionate listening. We try and create a safe, non judgmental setting and that’s really the key to have patients open up. They need catharsis. Families of patients tend to believe in black magic and rather go to pir babas to “fix” the problem instead.
“The problem with mental health isn’t just the fact that people suffer from this condition. Even if they are cured and become healthy again, they are forever regarded as ‘damaged’ by society and are not given the opportunity to have a normal life again. No one hires them because they feel they will relapse or are too scared to take the chance, even if the person is completely recovered. This is how I ended up Co-Founding CARE FOR HEALTH where we actually go further than just therapy and try to link organisations that are willing to hire recovered patients and help them regain control of their life.” “You can’t eliminate the problem like that, I feel we are not aware of this as much as we should be and it’s time to change that.”
I contacted CareForHealth because I wanted to help people who had gone through what I knew I went through. I managed to work through the issues and pull myself out but everyone isn’t as lucky. I personally feel it is a calling for me. I think if you haven’t been through serious depression yourself, you can’t really empathise with someone who is suffering from it. If you have walked through it then the solution you give is not just two dimensional, you can create a space for someone going through it because you know where they are at… Today we face a huge problem because of the neglect to mental health and we need to tackle this head on. This is what I want to do with my life.

Humans of Karachi