The MINDS Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides grassroots mental health education programs, medical treatment, and reintegration services in rural India.
As a student at Wesleyan University, CEO & Founder Raghu Appasani volunteered in India and was exposed to the state of its rural mental healthcare system. He decided to do something about it and founded MINDS in 2010 along with a group of Wesleyan peers.
Through our 3-phase grassroots program, we operate in 19 villages in Vadodara, Gujurat. We’ve educated over 1,000 individuals in the Vadodara region and are currently treating over 120 patients free-of-cost through our partner, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University. MINDS has conducted four research studies with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Wesleyan University. Our program was also evaluated by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Global Health Program.