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Just like we take care of our physical health, we also have to keep track of our mental health in order to achieve complete wellbeing. We are all becoming increasingly aware that mental health is as precious as physical health. Our mental health can be deeply affected by any negative experience or trauma that we undergo in our everyday lives. However, there are some people among us who go through severe hardships in their life, which take a great toll on their mental health. However, they may not have access to adequate care; they may not even have the channels for a proper diagnosis.

Recently, the Community Health project organised a day-long camp at Kamathipura. The objective was to train our field coordinators to identify victims of human trafficking who may be battling mental illness. The red-light area of Kamathipura has many people who have faced the horror of human trafficking—among them, there may be several cases of people who suffer mental illness without access to treatment or without even recognising the existence of the problem. This pilot initiative by Mumbai Smiles is a step towards giving mental health a boost among one of Mumbai’s most vulnerable communities.

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