Getting Vital Mental Health Support for Raji
17-year-old Raji was spotted by an official from the Railway Protection Force (RPF) wandering around the platform at Arakonnam railway station. She was clearly upset, anxious and wary of strangers, so she was referred to RCI for support. Our team comforted Raji and, working with the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), we made sure she had a safe place to stay at a Government Girls’ Home.
Here the true nature of Raji’s mental anxiety started to show. She was aggressive, especially at night, frequently undressed herself and often walked around the home in a state of panic. As it became clear that Raji needed more mental health support, the Home Superintendent turned to RCI for support and we made sure she got the medical help she needed at the mental health unit of the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. There, Raji was diagnosed with hyper manic depression and was admitted as an in-patient so she could be treated properly.
Meanwhile, the RCI team successfully traced Raji’s family in Visakhapatnam and made contact with her father who was delighted his daughter was safe and finally getting the treatment and support she needed. He said: “I never knew why she behaved so aggressively, we had lost hope. Now she is able to manage herself quite well.”