Athma Shakti Vidyalaya Society

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Bangalore 560076, Karnataka, India, India


Bangalore 560076, Karnataka, India, India

Athma Shakti Vidyalaya Society focuses on Family Human Rights Peace & Security and is headquartered in Bangalore 560076, Karnataka, India, India.

We believe in the proven effectiveness of supportive therapeutic communities for people coping with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other psychiatric disabilities; living in a community can be a part of returning to a healthy level of functioning. To encourage patients to succeed in the areas in which they have the ability to progress and to assist them to achieve the following aims as far as possible: to maintain mental stability to effect change in attitude from dependency to assuming more responsibility to develop psychomotor, social and communication skills to develop healthy hobbies and positive use of leisure time

Today's News

Never give up on someone with a mental illness. When ""I"" is replaced by ""We"", illness becomes wellness."" Athma Shakti Vidyalaya was featured in the Community of Communities, UK, Newsletter March 2015. Changes in India on page 4.

  • 1 / 9: Athma Shakti Vidyalaya was interviewed by Satyamev Jayate Channel - Aamir Khan hosts and produces this documentary/talk-show that explores the social issues effecting modern India.
  • 2 / 9: asv mental health awareness may 2015
  • 3 / 9: Taste of Berry - Athma Shakti Vidyalaya
  • 4 / 9: In November 2013, Fr. Hank Nunn SJ, was awarded by the Times of India as one of the finalists of Mirror's Bangalore Hero for his dedicated service towards the care and rehabilitation of the mentally ill.
  • 5 / 9: ASV Family 2015
  • 6 / 9: ASV Family
  • 7 / 9: FR Hank Nunn receiving the Bangalore Mirror's Hero Award
  • 8 / 9: World Mental Health Day 10 Oct 2015 celebration
  • 9 / 9: Tournment : ASV Cricket team Oct 2015


Mission: To create a healing atmosphere where every activity is planned and has a therapeutic intent enabling the recovery and rehabilitation of persons diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Our goal is to enable schizophrenics to learn or regain the necessary living skills while receiving treatment within the environment of a nurturing therapeutic community. Through community living and group psychotherapy, each patient with a mental illness develops self-responsibility and satisfying relationships with others. Athma Shakti Vidyalaya Society (ASV) is a non-profit residential therapeutic community that has been providing services in the field of mental health and rehabilitation through a holistic and therapeutic community approach for more than three decades. Established in 1979 by Hank Nunn S.J, a Canadian, priest ASV has been continually dedicated in the treatment of individuals suffering from schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and other severe psychiatric disorders through a treatment process that emphasizes community living with therapy. Athma Shakti means “strength of spirit”. Our treatment model embodies the empowering of one’s spirit based on the values of communication, respect, interdependence, participation and responsibility. There is emphasis on building and strengthening relationships that are formed during the treatment process which aligns with the five major principles of Therapeutic Communities: Attachment Containment Communication Involvement Agency Every activity within the community is a part of the therapeutic process and residents are encouraged to actively take part in the daily proceedings. In addition to safe accommodation and twenty-four hour care, we have a highly structured environment with set rules and timetables. Within this environment is established a set of relationships and meetings that provides a safe emotional container for distress. Therapy sessions are group-based and individual basis as part of the program. Group sessions have an interpersonal and psychodynamic focus. Peers are role models, and staff members are rational authorities, facilitators, and guides in the self-help method. The day is highly structured, with time allocated for chores and other responsibilities, group activities, seminars, meals, and formal and informal interaction with peers and staff members. The use of the community as therapist and teacher results in multiple interventions that occur in all these activities. Our Services: Residential treatment program Out-patient counselling Psychological assessments Intensive experience based workshops for students of Psychology and professionals Long term internship for Masters Level and above of a minimum of 4-6 months Unique Features: The secret to our success is that more emphasis is laid on therapy with minimal medication. We collaborate closely with the client and family to design each person's program individually and activities are arranged to respect individual needs and interests. We use only optimum dosage of medication. We believe that people with mental illness can be taught to be aware and take responsibility for themselves, hence we need them to be less sedated. Because of this we use innovative methods when management becomes a problem & are not quick to hospitalize them. Therefore, we are able to accommodate residents from an acute phase to full recovery. Our staff resident ratio is almost 1:1 Our Success: ASV has a fairly good success rate – approximately 60 – 70% of residents are fully rehabilitated ie are able to lead a normal life & join the main stream of society; get employment, marry & have their own families. 20 to 25% are able to independently take care of themselves & engage in part time work; 10 – 15% leave before completing their treatment.