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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

October to December 2018

A definite reduction in patient numbers. I feel that our quality of care has improved.
The reduction in numbers is being made up by the time spent with children needing help both from the rural schools as well as Rishi Valley in itself.
I can see that the mental health needs are just going to increase. Not surprising given the increasingly chaotic world we live in where mere survival is going to get more difficult.
The monsoons have failed again and we are at about 60% deficit. This is going to hit people hard.
Drinking water will become a problem as summer sets in.

TOTAL 4667
Males: < 15 (186), 16 - 65 (1299), > 65 (626)
Females: < 15 (274), 16 - 65 (1717), > 65 (565)

< 48000 (4581), > 48000 pa (86)

On a more happy note we did some tree planting - our bit for the environment!!!!!

July - September 2018

Work goes on as usual. A steady flow of patients. We have been trying to implement some way of reducing the number of patients. Fatigue and possibly some early burn out are the main drivers for this. We are now not seeing patients who come from more than 30 km. Seems to be making a difference.
Projects:cVEDA is making a difference. We are picking up children with Neuro Psychiatric issues ranging from Depression/Anxiety to Attention Deficits. All of these unreported at the time of diagnosis.
These children are referred to NIMHANS for confirmation of diagnosis and we do the follow ups here.
There is such an urgent need for Mental Health professionals in the field - but where to find them

TOTAL: 6559.
Males: < 15 (243), 16 - 65 (1916) > 65 (767)
Females: < 15 (259), 16 - 65 (2603), > 65 771
Income: < 48000 pa (6456), > 48000 (103)

Participant doing the online cVEDA test