AIPMAR – ANSAR INSTITUTE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE AND RESEARCH
Ansar hospital is one of the pioneers of Psychological Healthcare in Kerala. An Institute of Mental Health having 50 beds and an average of 80 out-patients a day is currently in operation. This is also a referral centre for other hospitals. The institute attracts patients from all over Kerala and Lakshadweep & Laccadive Islands. Besides Psychiatric treatment, the centre also caters to Behavior Therapy, Family Counseling and De-addiction Programs.
Mental disorders arise from a combination of causes. Transition of the joint family system to the nuclear ones and unrealized aspirations contribute to the negative growth in mental health front in the state. Alcohol and drug abuses, breakdown of family and marriage are all spin-offs of this aspect only. The WHO estimates indicate a prevalence level of about 22% of individuals developing one or more mental or behavioral disorders. Over 90% of people with mental illness are cared for within their communities by their families and may never even receive a diagnosis. People affected by mental illness suffer from wide-spread systemic discrimination even from their own family. Economically backward families undergo tremendous sufferings in addition to the social stigma attached to the illness.