Fountain House Lahore
Fountain House Lahore
Fountain House Lahore is the second Fountain House of the world after Fountain House Newyork N.Y. (USA).In 1965, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Rashid Chaudhry (Late) a founder member of the Lahore Mental Health association (LMHA), worked out a plan for the establishment of a rehabilitation center for the mentally ill in Lahore. A formal proposal entitled "Establishment of a Half-Way House and
Day-Night Rehabilitation Unit for persons with Mental Illness" was submitted to the Govt. of Pakistan in 1965. After approval by the Govt. in 1968, the proposal was sent to the Social and Rehabilitation Services ,Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Govt. of USA for the purpose of obtaining technical and financial assistance.
In 1971 Mr. John H. Beard, Executive Director, Fountain House, New York as a consultant of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Washington USA visited the Rehabilitation Unit of Lahore Mental Health Association. The close relationship that developed as a result of the technical collaboration between the two houses led to the adoption of the name of Fountain House For The Rehabilitation Center In Lahore Thus came into existence Fountain House Lahore. Presently, Fountain House Indoor facility caters to the rehabilitations needs of 400 members (patients) including 100 females. The Free Out Patient Department with Pharmacy along with the many Volunteer Consultants who have joined Fountain House including Skin Specialist (Dermatologist), General Physician & Gynecologist etc is successfully providing psychiatric and psychological consultation facility to particularly poverty stricken persons suffering from Mental Disorders not only from Lahore and Suburban areas but also to the members (patients) from outstation. Whereas free medicine is provided to the deserving patients' families from zakat and donations.
The approach that we've evolved - our working community - offers people living with mental illness a sense of belonging and the opportunity to form relationships, so they can take the vital steps toward mental health. Membership in Fountain House has been proven to reduce re-hospitalizations and to improve overall health.