Social exclusion and intolerance towards people with mental health problems has been seen across the globe and India is not an exception. Their experiences social exclusion and intolerance includes lack of participation in social activities and being affected in multiple ways, such as having a low income, poor housing and being socially isolated. Sometimes it also includes sever humiliation and abuse. Ignorance, prejudice and negative public attitudes towards people with mental illness lead to a cycle of distancing and disadvantage which is a biggest challenge to mental health care and social integration of people with mental health problems.
Purpose: To illustrate social exclusion and intolerance towards people with mental health problems which got comparatively little attention in empirical research particularly in this region of the country. The study also demonstrates the feasibility of social case work intervention in such cases.
Design & Methodology: The study is based on single subject research design. The case presented here of a middle aged women who was very much endearing helpful to everyone around her in her rural community later got a mental illness. Through a in-depth case study using face to interview with her and her family members a psychosocial formulation was made and a social case work intervention was accomplished.
Findings: Findings of the study illustrate the nature and extent of social exclusion and intolerance of the society towards a person with mental illness which includes sever humiliation and abuse. Role of the family was initially indifferent which was realigned and utilized in intervention which reflected as significant improvement in understanding and awareness about the illness and problem related to that in the family, which ultimately prevented the social execution and enhanced quality of life of the person affected. Associated issues were discussed.
Implications: The study might enhance the understanding on the issue and demonstrated social case work intervention might be good choice for intervening social exclusion. This has an important implication on lack of awareness about psychosocial intervention and its possible benefit among all the stakeholders of mental health care? Which is a biggest challenge to mental health care and social integration of people with mental health problems.