Dignity in Mental Health


229A8667Here is small story…..

” Few years ago there was a ‘ mad woman ‘ who was a wandering lunatic . She could never speak nor beg . She used to eat things picked up from a municipality dustbin , and sleep with stray dogs & pigs . Children used to torment her and adults used loathe her  .

One day she came to a town where a noble cobbler was living . He took pity on her and started feeding her . His  wife supported him and they took her to their hut and started looking after her . A responsible local paper journalist came to know about the story and published it in his paper .

A psychiatrist’s wife noticed the news and spoke to her husband . The hospital in which the psychiatrist works took an initiative to locate her and treat her freely . She was admitted and treated in the private psychiatric hospital for a year and she improved .

She turned out to be a graduate from a decent family .They searched  for her family but family refused her .

The noble cobbler accepted her as his  god given daughter and gave shelter again . She was moved and tried to help him . So she got a temporary post in a government school and now she a teacher there ”

A fairy tale where everyone is happy in the end , isn’t it? But this ‘too good to be true ‘ story is a real story . The lady’s name is Amuda . The cobbler who supported her is Venkateshwarlu . The hospital is our hospital ASHA PSYCHITRIC HOSPITAL , which is biggest psychiatric hospital in private sector in A.P and TELANGANA .

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The theme for this year’s World Mental Health day is ” DIGNITY IN MENTAL HEALTH” .There is lot more in mental health than just stress or depression about which everyone fancies to talk . But when it comes to really showing some dignity nobody does.The cobbler Venkateshwarlu in spite of his poverty , lack of education did something just out of humanity.He ,probably,  had never heard about world mental health day .

For this day we actually celebrated mental health week and conducted may awareness programs . We asked one international player ( the player’s mother has been under treatment of our hospital for past few years ) to be our ambassador for this week ,hoping that celebrities would bring more of propaganda. Not so surprisingly they turned us down at final moment ( probably due to fear of exposure ).  It is one example to tell that education or social profile have nothing to do with the actual awareness .

So this time we decided to arrange some felicitation to Venkateshwarlu for proving that humanity still exists .

There was also a skit depicting the same story .( Screenplay , dialogues , direction ,make up and main role by me , me, me, me, me ) . The skit was liked by everyone ( I tried to make the dialogues as heart melting as possible ) Some even cried at the end.

Most of the audience told me that i exactly looked and acted like a patient ( I am not sure whether it is a compliment or a humble way to say that you are a crack )


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                                       Me as Amuda ( See how good I am )

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 Real Amuda and Venkateshwarlu
Real Amuda and Venkateshwarlu
Felicitation for Venkateshwarlu and his wife
                                                                        Felicitation for Venkateshwarlu and his wife


I am really happy with the response for the programs and to be part of it  . My senior consultants were really cooperative and whatever i told them as a director. I was soooo stubborn as a director and did not allow anyone to touch or change my dialogues.

The program went really well and i want to thank everyone..


sadhvi mythili


  1. Aradhya
    October 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Great work…really hatsoff to all those who helped her ….one suggestion please change that worl “mental”and give them dignity….god bless all

    • sadhvi mythili
      October 25, 2015 at 6:39 pm

      Thank youuuu so much aaradhya , the word ‘mental’ is just to denote the psychiatric condition not to depict them as ‘mad’.

      • Aradhya
        October 27, 2015 at 5:15 pm

        Its k.i mean it..anyway thanks for the reply

  2. Aradhya
    October 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    K.i mean it..any way thanks for the reply

  3. Andapo
    November 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Well really inspiring story… humanity comes not with education but actually showing concern when required… it is more important to be human than educated with degrees… anyway great job with the play!! … it is inspiring…

    • sadhvi mythili
      November 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you so much

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