The Minds Foundation

Rating: 4.81 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health, Philanthropy

Location: 231 Pine Hall Circle Waltham MA 02451 USA

Mission: The MINDS Foundation has a persistent commitment to educating and providing resources to patients and families suffering from mental illness and neurological disorders.
Results: • Directly educated 947 individuals via educational awareness camps • Currently treating 80+ patients free-of-cost • Program evaluated by Mount Sinai School of Medicine (NYC) Global Health Program • 19 US-volunteers have already travelled to and have contributed to MINDS • Partnerships at academic institutions in the US (Amherst College, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Wesleyan University, Yale University, Brandeis University, Cornell University, University of Texas, and University of Massachusetts) • Implemented 4 research studies in partnership with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Wesleyan University.
Programs: Our program addresses three major barriers preventing persons from receiving mental health care. Transportation Barriers Economic Barriers Social Barriers We begin by addressing the importance of mental health education in order to develop a supportive community for patients. Next, we provide transportation services for patients and their families to local clinics to receive consultation and treatment. We continue to work with patients throughout their treatment cycle and aid in reintegrating them into their communities through holistic treatment plans. In order to effectively break down these barriers to care, MINDS stresses the importance of using existing resources. Through collaborative partnerships with local community leaders and institutions, we are able to use a higher portion of funding for direct programming and patient care..
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Rating: 4 stars  

MINDS is staffed by some of the most passionate people I've ever known. Instead of going into the rural villages of India to provide meds for patients with mental illness, they work towards building a relationship with the village and the patients they serve. Whenever the social worker entered a village, everyone knew who she was and she talked to everyone and knew all of their backgrounds. They help with providing care, arranging transportation, funding for care and delivery of medication. For an NGO, this is impressive.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

MINDS is such an amazing organization. The work they do to eliminate stigma and provide access to mental health care in India is so important, especially because MINDS is the only organization doing this type of work in the region. This type of work is so challenging because of the stigma and difference in culture that exists, but MINDS approaches it carefully and diligently. I was drawn to MINDS because of how passionate everyone involved is about the work that is being done, and because I could see how much need there is for mental health work in rural regions.

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The MINDS Foundation does a fantastic job at providing accessible health education in rural India, breaking down the stigma of mental illness in order to provide more effective treatment. As the only non-profit working to treat all mental illnesses in Gujarat, India, the MINDS Foundation offers necessary, valuable outreach to local communities.

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A lot

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The MINDS Foundation is doing a phenomenal job in eliminating stigma against mental illness , providing treatment and moral support to the patients. In such a short span of four years MINDS has touched the lives of more than nineteen villages in Gujarat. I am really excited to be a part of this organization and to contribute to help mentally ill in India. MINDS has a grassroots approach to tackle the issue and believes in direct service delivery to the community. We are a team of dynamic and passionate individuals under the able leadership of our CEO Raghu Appasani. We are motivated by the smiles of people whom we have helped and so we embrace the challenges happily. I am really excited to be a part of this organization which is marching forward to make this world a better place to live for mentally ill patients and their families.

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The MINDS Foundation is an incredible organization and one that I am truly honored to work for. We are group of highly driven young professional with a very simple goal -- the de-stigmatization of mental health in India and beyond. The organization is driven, dedicated, and centered around its vision -- the shares all the excitement and passion of a startup with a public health, not for profit mission that is relevant, important, and critical to the overall success of developing health systems. I could not ask for a better organization to be a part of!

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

great non-profit, with a great goal. the issue that MINDS is tackling is growing and by taking a step towards eliminating stigma around mental illness they are doing a great thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love working with the MINDS Foundation! We're a very small nonprofit run by people with a shared passion for educating others and improving communities. Our presence in the field and strong partnerships with universities and hospitals has improved many lives in Gujarat, India. We are essentially building an infrastructure that can be used in other local communities in the developing world. I am so proud of what we've accomplished, even though we're a tiny, boot-strapped nonprofit!

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

MINDS is an incredible organization. The amount of work that MINDS has achieved in such little time with so few people is simply extraordinary. As a volunteer at Wesleyan University, where MINDS was founded, I have not only been able to learn about a largely ignored public health issue but also to develop event planning and networking skills through organizational leadership positions. MINDS does great work serving people in India, having developed an innovative multi-stage plan and continuously raising funds. However, it also serves the students involved as volunteers in an equally innovative way, allowing them to take on leadership positions, volunteer on site in India, and do research.

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2012

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When I learned about MINDS I was shocked. How could such a important issue be handled by college students? Knowing the difficulty of working in India, I just couldn't believe what was being done. When I was introduced to the core team, I met hardworking and dedicated students. I was able to work with them and realize how things were done and it was truly amazing. This is such a pressing issue, that needs more awareness not only in India, but also in countries throughout the world. The MINDS Foundation takes a grassroots approach to handling the issue in one specific city in Gujarat, India. The main reason that MINDS has been so successful is because of its focus on a certain specific population and because of its stellar partnership with Sumandeep Vidapeeth and Dhiraj Hospital. With the help of more volunteers, and more generous donations I believe that the MINDS Foundation has potential to sustain their programs in Baroda, Gujarat, India and also in the far future will have the ability to spread.

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I've been very interested in this organization and what they do is very exciting. It is especially great that they look to improve quality of life through grassroots approaches rather than pouring money at the state level to influence policy etc. The fact that they also recognize the role that stigma plays in mental illness and its treatment is very important. The issue is larger than just providing medication to relieve symptoms. There has to be some focus on improving the environment & communities that the patients are apart of. The MINDS Foundation realizes this.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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