Community Mental Health in Uttarakhand

Burans works with disadvantaged communities in Uttarakhand, North India, to promote mental health and wellbeing by building on their strengths and resources

Established 2014

We support care in two districts of Uttarakhand

The crowded, colourful and chaotic informal urban areas of Dehradun

The remote, rural upper Yamuna valley in Naugaon block, Uttarkashi district

We have reached

1 +
People with Mental Health Problems
1 +
Adolescents participated in Nae Disha program

Impact Stories

Nilofer & Pinky

Meet Nilofer and Pinky

Together they set up a Learning study group with others who had left school early, and have now completed their 10th class exams.

I now feel brave enough to tell my parents my opinion and to go to the market alone.

Meet the Five students

Over several months they completed our group resilience intervention (Nae Disha) for young men with mental health challenges

Together they decided to start a new habit by playing cricket on Sundays rather than go out consuming unhealthy substances.

Earlier I used to get into fights and arguments a lot but now we know how to listen and patiently talk to someone.
Five Students
5 students

Meet Shobha

At first Shobha said leading a group of other carers of family members with mental health problems would be too hard. She gave it a go and found it was lots of fun.

She decided to learn to drive a scooter next, and then arranged contractors to fix the house.

I use to always ask my husband to fix things in the house, but after leading the Nae Umeed group I got more confident in all areas of life.

Our Approach

Co Design

Strengthening Community And Public Health Systems

We train community volunteers as well as health providers, informal and traditional healers to support people with mental health problems with psychosocial support groups, home visits, and community-based rehabilitation.

Strengthening Community

Co-Design With Communities

We work with people “on the edges” to co-design mental health responses that build on their strengths

Community Health Systems

Innovative Research

Burans is a center for excellence in participatory and equity research for global mental health, engaging with community priorities