Rehabilitation Programs

Keeping in mind its aim, COOJ offers a variety of services both individual and group, to assist people who are undergoing psychological distress to obtain professional guidance irrespective of the nature or intensity of the problem. A high level of ethical values is followed especially with respect to confidentiality.

Sahodaya - Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program

This non-residential program offers various evidence based therapies for individualised treatment to assist people with mental illnesses or disabilities, to develop and maintain sustainable and meaningful lifestyles.

The different, carefully-planned sessions are tailor-made to suit individual needs. This creates opportunities for the development of independent living skills and assistance to manage the illness in a way that would reduce the need for hospital admissions.

Being exposed to the program at Sahodaya daily over a period of time results in enhancement of personal growth and self understanding, allowing clients to pick up their lives again and get back to work or school thus restoring self respect and dignity.

COOJ Sheltered Workshop

COOJ Sheltered Workshop is an offshoot of Sahodaya, wherein clients who are sufficiently stabilised and have developed basic skills to be employed, but are not ready to go into open employment, as it may be too overwhelming are given opportunities to earn basic salaries in a protected environment with minimal supervision. Presently the staff of the workshop are involved in making articles like bags, files, CD covers, cards and envelopes among others, out of handmade paper which are actively marketed.
Click here to see the photo gallery of some of the products up for sale.

Carers' Hope

A support group for caregivers of persons with mental illness There are presently two groups functioning, one in Mapuca and the other in Vasco. These support groups meet once a month and have proved extremely beneficial as they provide a non threatening environment where one can express one's innermost feelings, fears and guilt. They provide a place where doubts about the illness can be clarified and an opportunity to learn from one another. By building friendships, they help to create a support system in case of a crisis. These groups have gone a long way in aiding to break stigmatised isolation which many caregivers go through by encouraging socialisation. Not being passive about many decisions taken by the Government, they have lobbied as a pressure group.

Friends' Club

A support club for persons experiencing some form of a mental illness As we are aware that many people who undergo a psychological illness go through a period of social isolation either due to the symptoms per se or as a result of stigma. Their work performance and abilities may also be affected to the extent of them feeling alienated. People who were once friends have probably moved on with their lives. The purpose of setting up this club has been to create opportunities for building friendships, support and talents.
Membership is open to any person who has experienced a psychological illness.

Continued Education Program (CEP)

With the signs and symptoms of mental illness affecting people at any age, very often young people who are at the prime of their education become the targets. They are unable to cope, which influence their academic performances negatively. Many of these students (some of whom may be good intellectually) find their grades declining or even failing classes. It becomes a nightmare for some, especially once brilliant students when they reach a point where they have to discontinue their education, thus shattering their dreams and aspirations.

Through the CEP, which uses a systematized approach to deal with the various issues (cognitive, behavioural, emotional etc) preventing these students from optimizing their learning potential, we help them to get back into the process of continuing their education. Many students have to accept the reality that their ability levels may have changed and hence realize that they have to settle for a course which may be less challenging than the one which they initially desired. The key is to maximize on their current abilities and help them to experience success.

Community services

As part of its community services, COOJ operates a monthly mental health clinic at Vasco. This became operational after holding several awareness programs and a mental illness detection camp partnered with Lions Club of Vasco.

Periodically we have also organized several Mental Illness Detection Camps in various rural areas of North Goa like Tormas, Chandel, Keri, etc.

Counseling and Psychological Testing

Understanding the growing need for counseling and psychological testing, COOJ started offering this service to the public from 2007.

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After completing my school, I joined the J.J. School of Art and I studied for five years before completing my graduation, after which I started working as a commercial artist in an advertising agency. I later went to Dubai for a year and then I came back to Mumbai. I used to drink alcohol regularly and in 1993, I gave up drinking, which was quite tough, and then joined Alcoholics Anonymous. Slowly I started smoking. That was ruining me and I was slowly losing control over myself. I was even shouting at my mother a lot, which is why I went to rehab. Through God's blessing I was able to overcome the habit, although I still in depression. I then joined COOJ and that made me feel much better. Now at the age of 48, I can say that I am feeling happy after joining COOJ, all the sessions we have and the games make me feel like it's my second home. I was given opportunities to revisit art by making paper bags, cards and painting on gift bags etc. I feel nice to say that I like COOJ as it brings me out of my shell.
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