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IPH History

IPH History

Psychiatric consultation at IPH


The beginning…..

.... a table & 2 chairs And a wish to reduce stigma about mental health And to spread the message of "Mental Health for All"

It started when….

We were a relatively closed economy IT age was yet to begin Cable TV had just started creeping in…… and Mental Health was an almost zero priority sector as stress levels considered ‘manageable’. ‘Mental Health’ services were largely targeted toward management of acute psychiatric symptoms –disorders

‘mental health’ (?) then…..
  • Was more about mental illness
  • Patients were passive help seekers and were dependent on the professionals.
  • Most professionals were personally isolated, cold and out of touch with changes the patient is experiencing
  • Helping institutions were bureaucratic and followed rigid hierarchies
  • Physical setting sterile and threatening
  • Treatment methods were long and nurtured passivity
Thane: our city then…
  • ‘Reputed’ for its mental hospital
  • Exemplar of the old model of mental health which believes only in ‘treating’ illnesses
  • And which also believes in segregating the patient from the social mainstream.
  • ‘Mental Health’ care facilities available:
  • Regional Govt. mental hospital (1880 beds)
  • Municipal Corporation hospital
  • Consultant Psychiatrists and Psychologists in private practice
What changed ?
  • Economic liberalization and globalization arrived
  • Cities like Thane became booming metropolises
  • Infrastructure developed many fold
  • Population of well educated, nuclear families increased
  • Texture of community, the needs of people changed & increased
  • Society became more consumerist and individualistic
  • Lifestyle changes arrived with changing work patterns and increased disposable income.
  • This brought with it increased stresses
  • Thus Concerns about improving and enhancing mental health increased
  • Problems encountered by people increased and were no longer limited to ‘disorders’
  • Day to day living has became stressful and brought with it “problems” or “distress” in addition to disorders.
  • Chinks thus started emerging in the armor of family and social systems
So a change was required…
  • A change that addressed these needs
  • The definition of ‘Help’ needed a change to incorporate
  • A blend of professionalism & human touch
  • A multidisciplinary team of motivated professionals
  • Active participation of the society in the process
  • ‘Help’ that not only reduces symptoms but enhances ‘Health’
  • This is how it all began for IPH in 1990 with 3 rooms, a few tables and chairs…
  • A will & wish to change the outlook of mental health
IPH Today

The Story of IPH is one of continuous Commitment to its goal & conceiving of implementing innovative ideas in a consistent Manner.

Dr. Anand Nadkarni (Consultant Psychiatrist) along with Senior Clinical Psychologists.

Dr. Shubha Thatte & Dr. Anuradha Sohni are guiding pillars behind this Institute

They are ably helped by a Board of Trustees which constitute eminent people from the community.

For Administrative & Accounting purpose, IPH has recently launched two sister concerns. IPH Learning Centre & Tridal Foundation

Resides in a “home” of its own..

  • 3 floors of custom designed space meant to help promote our dream of ‘Mental Health for All!’
  • The Space contains cubicles for individual consultation (Total - 13 in numbers), Spacious conference Rooms, a Terrace Theatre, full fledged reference Library & Administrative Office Areas
  • A team of seventy Mental Health Professionals work here under one roof assisted by over Thirty members of the administrative Team.
  • Over one Hundred Trained Volunteers work regularly on different IPH Projects.
  • Over one hundred fifty families approach IPH daily for individual help.

Names of the Trustees

Dr. Anand Nadkarni

Adv. Prashant Panchakshari

Dr. Shubha Thatte.

Mr. Shashank Rasal

Mr. Subhash Palkar

Mr. Suhas Palekar

Dr. Anuradha Sovani