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SCARF - Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India)

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SCARF - Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India)
R-7A North Main Road AnnaNagar West (Extn.)
Chennai, TN 600 101
India
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+ 91 - 44 - 2615 3971, + 91 - 44 - 2615 1073
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SCARF - Schizophrenia Research Foundation (India)

For an NGO with modest beginnings in 1984 - three part-time staff, and a small office - this silver jubilee is a cherished milestone. Over the years, they at SCARF have faced several challenges, beginning with the word "schizophrenia" itself, which most people found difficult to pronounce and understand. Additionally, donors were reluctant to be associated with mental disorders; and unlike with other disabilities, there was little or no empathy for the mentally ill.

Over two and a half decades, the SCARF team including the Board of Management and staff has strived to address these and other concerns. Their objective has been to convince the community that schizophrenia, one of the greatest disablers of youth, requires sustained professional commitment and pubic support. Slowly and steadily, SCARF has grown to be a referral centre for the treatment and rehabilitation of persons with chronic schizophrenia from around and outside India. SCARF now offers a wide spectrum of interventions in varied settings including out-patient, day care, community and in-patient residential centers.

They haven't neglected research. A number of very prestigious national and international collaborations, over 150 papers published in peer reviewed journals and the huge success of the three editions of ICONS are testimony to SCARF's research track record. SCARF is one of few centers in South Asia to be named as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization for Mental Health Research and Training. Students from mental health and allied disciplines are trained regularly at SCARF.

SCARF also took upon itself the task of improving awareness about schizophrenia and mental illnesses among various groups of people including doctors, teachers, community level workers, media, and the general public.

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