Dr Jagannath Wani, a Canada based NRI and a caregiver of a family member suffering from schizophrenia, was instrumental in formation of a caregivers’ organisation, the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta (SSA), in the Province of Alberta in Canada in 1980. Encouraged by the effective work of SSA for persons suffering from Schizophrenia and their families, Dr Wani wanted to form a similar body in Maharashtra, the state of his birth in India, where the need to provide such help was much more pronounced. Dr Wani’s initiative paid off and Schizophrenia Awareness Association (SAA) was incorporated in Pune on the 18th December 1997 and later registered as a public trust on the 18th February 1998.
Welcome to SAA!
We are holding an All India Caregivers’ Meet on Sunday, the 18th December at Pune, which is the anniversary day of our NGO. The theme for this year’s Meet is “Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Mental Illness”. The conference will be inaugurated by Dr. Gangadhar, Director NIMHANS, Bangalore.
The program starts at 9.15 am and ends at 4.00 pm. It will be in four sessions. In the first morning session the book ‘Mental Illness and Caregiving’ written by Mr. Amrit Kumar Bakhshy will be released by Dr. Gangadhar, Director NIMHANS, Bangalore followed by the writer’s interview. The second pre-lunch session will end with the presentations on Rehabilitation and Employment. The third post lunch session will have panel discussions on Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Mental Illness. The fourth and the last session will be an open house for caregivers.
The venue for the programme is- BAIF Development Research Foundation, Near Mai Mangeshkar Hospital, Dr. Manibhai Desai Nagar, NH No.4, Warje, Pune 411058. Ph. No. 020 25231661, 64700175.
For details please contact Mrs. Neelima Bapat 9923136584 and for confirmation Please contact Mrs. Milinda Bhalekar 020-64700920, 9765561205
We would like you to attend the program.
Neelima Bapat Secretary