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Name: MINDS Foundation

Field: Mental health, healthcare, mental health education, social work

Geographic Scope: Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Mission: Alleviating suffering from mental illness through a grassroots approach.

The MINDS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides grassroots mental health education programs, medical treatment, and reintegration services in rural India. As a student at Wesleyan University, CEO & Founder Raghu Appasani (http://www.mindsfoundation.org/about-us/team/) volunteered in India and was exposed to the state of its rural mental healthcare system. He decided to do something about it and founded MINDS in 2010 along with a group of Wesleyan peers.

Through our 3-phase grassroots program, we operate in 19 villages in Vadodara, Gujurat, India. We’ve educated over 1,000 individuals in the Vadodara region and are currently treating over 120 patients free-of-cost through our partner, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University. Please check out our website to learn more about our field and what we do!