DCI for a social cause: Chellamuthu Trust Visit

DCI for a social cause: Chellamuthu Trust Visit

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When we come across a physically-challenged person we feel pity, but at the same time when we meet a mentally-challenged person, we get scared. It shows the difference in the mindset the society has nurtured in us.

World Health Organization (WHO) has a more remarkable way of putting things when it comes to health issues. It says, If someone has a broken arm, you feel sorry for them. But when the problem is psychiatric, people don’t know how to react because they can’t see anything. But just because you can’t see someone’s pain, it does not mean they don’t need care and support.

But throwing away all crooked thoughts and barriers, we planned reach out to people suffering from mental illness.

Just a formal announcement, contributions started flowing in from office staff. Each and every staff in DCI contributed their best towards the initiative. We visited RETREAT, a long term care center run by M S Chellamuthu Trust for people suffering from mental illness.

DCI Staff serving food to residents

DCI Staff serving food to residents

M S Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation is one of the largest providers of mental health services. Their services range from early identification to treatment, care and rehabilitation of mentally ill patients. Run by committed social workers, the Trust is supported by the who’s who of the region.

Lead by our CEO, we,15 staff members, accompanied him to the RETREAT. After a 45 minute-drive from office we reached the care center which is near Boys Town. The residents of RETREAT welcomed us happily. Most of the residents even remembered our CEO’s previous visit and greeted him. Then, we had a small introductory session to know the daily routines of the residents, followed by an interactive session with them.

Residents presenting a memento our CEO & Staff

Residents presenting a memento our CEO & Staff

It was time for lunch. We contributed towards the afternoon lunch of the residents and also served them food. Too happy, every resident had a cheeky smile on their faces, while we had a glow in our hearts.

With the natural surroundings, the center is a place where mentally challenged people have space to enhance their life. With this visit, we believe we have shown and given the C.A.R.E. (Concern, Appreciation, Respect and Empathy) for people who require help.