The project focuses on providing mental health services to women who are victims of human trafficking and their children.
With the purpose of improving the mental health of Victims of Human Trafficking and their children, therapeutic and emotional support is offered through counselling by psychology experts. The aim is to identify their psychological problems, provide therapy and refer severe cases in particular to institutions for more specialised care.
Since 2008, Mumbai Smiles Foundation has been organizing medical health camps in ophthalmology, dental and ENT care.
In 2018, we considered resuming a more specific approach with Victims of Human Trafficking. Although several NGOs are implementing healthcare projects related to sexual transmission of diseases and other infections, not enough attention is given to psychological health.
For this reason, we opened a community centre in Kamathipura in 2018, where psychological support is provided to victims and their children. At this centre, mental health disorders are identified, where women are given psychological therapy in the centre itself, and more severe cases are referred to specialists for a more specific treatment.
Along with psychological therapy services, art therapy sessions are offered at the centre, where women learn to create candles and roses. In these sessions, they interact with other women and express their feelings and emotions, thereby helping them overcome their problems and traumas through the art of sharing and expression.