MHI believes in a multi-pronged and intersectional approach to mental health care.

We seek to partner with agencies that aim to make mental health services accessible to the most marginalised communities and persons, building resilience and agency while working to reduce risk factors in vulnerable populations; we also support advocacy for reforms in law and policy.

Who we work with

Law and Policy Makers
CMHLP, based in Pune, aims to protect and promote the rights of persons with mental disabilities, through capacity building, engaging civil society, strategic litigation against discrimination, and rights-based research and implementation initiatives in the community and public health systems. It aims to become a national and regional resource center for rights protection of persons with mental disabilities, and to influence national and regional policies, programmes, and legislation – which it views as an important tool for shaping a mental health policy consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which India has ratified. Know more >
iCall began in 2012 as a project at the School of Human Ecology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. It provides confidential and free professional counseling via email and telephone, irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, caste, race, location – offering ongoing support to persons in distress until they feel empowered. iCall also conducts workshops and training for corporates, educational institutes, government agencies, and NGOs, to build greater awareness, or cater to specific organizational needs. It works with a special focus on marginalized sections — including women facing violence, abused children, LGBT communities, socioeconomically vulnerable groups, and survivors of mental illness. Know more >
Founder Deepa Pawar’s own struggles from a young age against extreme poverty, gender violence, and caste oppression, led her to work in areas such as sexual and reproductive health, safety, and education, with gender equity as the driving force. She met like-minded women, and together they set up Anubhuti with the goal of developing grassroot youth leaders like themselves. Anubhuti works closely with youth and women living in resource-deprived urban and rural communities in Mumbai and Thane districts. Given that these groups face mental distress due to multiple marginalisations, mental health interventions form a major part of Anubhuti’s work. Know more >
The broad aims of this project are: to develop and provide psychotherapeutic services to, and to promote the overall emotional well-being of, litigants in the 11 Family Courts in the state of Maharashtra; to initiate research on the marital concerns of the litigants, and the counseling interventions currently offered by family court counselors in the state, in order to arrive at a more comprehensive understanding of litigants’ needs and concerns, as well as to identify effective elements of the counseling process that would help to build a replicable model of effective intervention. Know more >
Bapu Trust, based in Pune, creates, pilots and monitors community inclusion programs that aim to enable the autonomy and independence of persons living with mental health issues. It works towards linking people with development services and provides modular interventions to address a matrix of needs. Bapu Trust advocates for change in the structural, social, legal and policy environments, to create justice environments for people with psycho-social disabilities. Its flagship programs include 'Seher',  a comprehensive urban mental health inititiative that works to facilitate the creation of caring communities via a range of partnerships with both governmental and non-governmental agencies. Know more >
Bhor Foundation is a registered, not for profit trust in New Delhi, India. Founded by Jhilmil Breckenridge and Namarita Kathait, Bhor’s work focuses on mental health advocacy, centering the voices and experiences of persons with mental illness and advocating for a social lens to view trauma and healing. Know more >
Anjali works with the Dept of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of West Bengal, with various panchayats and municipalities in the state, and with media and civil society. Through its rights-based programs and policy initiatives, Anjali works towards three long-term objectives: establishing mental health within the mainstream health and development discourse in India; enabling progressive shifts in dignity and quality in the lives of people with psycho-social disabilities so that they are perceived as "full citizens" within institutions, families, and communities; fostering training and networks that encourage new talent, perspectives and leaders to emerge in the mental health sector. Know more >