Maher away from home for abandoned mental patients

She cited the case of 35-year-old Lata (name changed), who lived a nightmarish existence on the streets, eating from dustbins after her brother and his wife threw her out.

Parivartan, an NGO followed up on her treatment after she was sent to the mental institution where she was diagnosed with psychosis. After three months of treatment and a fast recovery, she was sent to Maher's Vatsalyadham, where Lata now helps out with various chores.

Sister Kurien, who has received the Global Women Summits' prestigious Leadership Award in 2011 and has even been featured in the book "Women healing women, a model of hope for oppressed women everywhere" co-authored by two American writers William Keepin and Cynthia Brix, told Newsline that medication alone cannot help these women; what they need are constant love and care of people around them.

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