Awareness Programs

With the aim of promoting mental health in Goa, COOJ has been committed to spreading awareness about the various issues relating to it. Our main focus is to encourage a healthy positive living which is without doubt the need of the hour in this fast paced, rapidly modernizing society. Our culture is so much ingrained with its own unscientific, superstitious and/or sometimes spiritual theories about mental health and illness that a significant part of our work is directed towards dispelling these myths. We constantly conduct educative programs on mental health hoping that this empowerment with knowledge will aid in prevention and early detection of problems.

Many of our programs have specifically targeted the youth in schools and colleges realizing that they are faced with many stressors. Understanding themselves, coping with stress, identification of psychological problems, peer pressure, alcohol and substance abuse, depression and suicide, internet addiction, etc have been some of the issues dealt with.

Our agenda for the general public anti-stigma programs have been mainly focused on bringing about understanding on the scientific aspect of mental health and illness. Our focus is not to stop people from practicing their own methods of cure but to integrate them with more scientific methods. In order to achieve this in the whole community we have targeted both rural as well as urban populations. We have organized public talks, street plays, street stalls, screening of movies, distribution of literature in English and the vernacular languages of Konkani and Marathi, poster presentations, etc.

Some of the other groups specifically targeted are the teachers, religious and the police.


  • Mental health - an overview
  • Mental Illness- who said there is no hope?
  • Carers - empowered to care
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Barriers to persons with disability due to mental illness, learning and behaviour
  • Marriage and mental illness
  • Suicide prevention
  • Alcohol and substance use disorders
  • Internet addiction
  • Art of Listening
  • Stress Management


Mental illness detection camps held at Chandel and Keri in Pernem and Vasco, Mormugao.

Mental Health Clinics are held monthly at Saligao and Vasco.

We advocate implementation of the Mental Health Act, 1987, Persons with Disability Act, 1995, National Trust Act.


Short term courses on psychosocial rehabilitation, on the job training and guidance for project work.

Capacity Building

  • Seminars and conferences
  • Training workshops

Conferences and workshops attended by COOJ Staff

  • ICONS 2004, 2006
  • ANCIPS 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • 6th Biennial Conference of WFSAD, 2004
  • Two week Residential training in Psychosocial rehabilitation at RFS, Bangalore, 2004
  • Workshop in Research Methodologies, Sangath
  • Workshop in Law & Mental Health, ACMI
  • Workshop in Disability & Law, DRAG
  • Workshop in Disability in Goa, Govt. of Goa
  • Workshop on Rehabilitation, TISS
  • Workshop on Ammendments to PWD Act, 1995

Alexyz releases a book of poems by Dolreich

Distributing COOJ magazine at a public function

Mental Health Day program Colours of the Mind

Screening of Mazi Gosht at Emmaus centre

Screening of movie Mazi Gosht

Street play on removing stigma

Street stall during World Mental Health day celebrations

Street stall during World Mental Health day in Mapuca

Workshop on carers empowered to care

Workshop on marriage and mental illness

Workshop on removing barriers to PWDs

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I had eight years of work experience in the pharmaceutical industry as a marketing executive. I started coming to COOJ in May 2008. I have learnt a lot; first of all I couldn't stick to one job for more than a month. Coming to COOJ daily helped me to maintain consistency in my work and I have also made a lot of friends here. I do all the office work too. I feel that coming to COOJ helped me tremendously and I am also actively involved in all the sessions held at COOJ.
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