Mental Health remains neglected due to stigma and discrimination associated with this silent health issue. The daily struggles of those experiencing mental health issues worsen, as Kolkata severely lacks mental health rehabilitation facilities. This has resulted in homelessness without access to any form of support. Many homeless mentally ill persons face extreme abuse, violently beaten to death and are abandoned or missing, as families lack awareness and knowledge, and are not financially secure to care for their needs. HOPE partnered with Iswar Sankalpa in 2007, to provide professional guidance and services for Homeless Mentally Ill Persons from economically poor and socially marginalised sections of society in Kolkata.
The objective of the programme is that Homeless-Mentally Ill (HMI) individuals will improve their mental health status, and will be resettled, rehabilitated or restored, where appropriate.