Working Group on Inclusive Development

Working Group on Inclusive Development

A collaboration between BALM – Boston University – Vrije Universiteit (VU), and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).

This group focuses on building knowledge in the implementation sciences, and creating innovative mental health care solutions, that are value – based, resource efficient, and context specific. This is particularly relevant given that international and national organisations have taken cognisance of the importance of mental health issues and included them as a key mandate in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Some of the inquiries being undertaken in this centre so far include:

  • NALAM: Wellness oriented, multi-interventional approaches to mental health
  • The home again trial, a quasi-experimental study of a housing with supportive services intervention for women with mental illness experiencing long term needs
  • Where does institutional mental health sit in the capabilities framework, implications for human rights and care practice?
  • Understanding the types of capacity building packages, and pedagogical tools that build perspectives, provide robust technical and soft-skills, and encourage critical thinking and reflexive practice for mental health practitioners.
  • Gaining an understanding of the constitution of value-based frameworks of care that are user-centric and promote individual capabilities, social inclusion, and a state of personal recovery, and gain insight as to whether they can be inspired / transferred to other mental health professionals.
  • Understanding and addressing structural barriers to care
  • Creating innovative and flexible rural livelihood options – reducing scarcity as a barrier to well being
  • Understanding burden and sources of strength amongst caregivers of women with mental health issues
  • Prevalence and characteristics of dropout of patients from outpatient clinical services provided by The Banyan