Founded in 2007, the Centre for Mental Health Law & Policy (CMHLP) is based in Pune at the Indian  Law Society (ILS), a not-for-profit organisation that was established as a charitable society in 1923.

The Centre aims to protect and promote the rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities using a rights-based approach to mental health. We work with different stakeholders including people with lived experience, caregivers, mental health professionals, policymakers, civil society organisations and researchers. We work nationally and internationally with a specific focus on vulnerable and marginalised populations in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

In line with our vision, our work aims to improve access to evidence-based mental health care. We currently focus on:

  • Law & Policy Reform
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Community-based Mental Health
  • Health Systems Strengthening
  • Peer Support
  • Training & Education
  • Youth Mental Health