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Groundbreaking Community Model Accepted at World Congress of Psychiatry

Updated: Aug 15, 2023

Dr Manisha Patel. Lead Breathe-Free Project will be sharing model and findings at the WCP 2023.


Aarogyam (UK) CIC is delighted to share that our recent Breathe-Free Project report has been accepted for presentation at the World Congress of Psychiatry. Our report proposes a promising new model for working with survivors of interpersonal violence in the community. The model, is based on the principles of trauma-informed care and cultural responsiveness.


Dr Manisha Patel

Project Lead, Breath-Free Project

Director, Aarogyam (UK) CIC


Dr Manisha Patel is presenting author and project lead, who will be sharing key findings in World Congress of Psychiatry 2023 in Vienna this October. "This recognition highlights our dedication to advancing the understanding and treatment of long term trauma of survivors in the community. We look forward to sharing our findings with esteemed colleagues from around the world and engaging in fruitful discussions to further enhance mental healthcare." Shared Dr Patel.

"We found that Culturally Responsive Trauma-Informed Care is a promising new model that can help survivors of interpersonal violence to heal and recover."


Dr Neha Sharma, Founder and Director of Breathe-Free, Aarogyam (UK) CIC and Jinali Mahyavnashi, Psychologists and One-step at a time program lead, Aarogyam (UK) co-authored the study.


"The World Congress of Psychiatry is recognized as a premier international gathering, serving as a platform for the exchange of knowledge, collaboration, and the progression of psychiatric research. The acceptance of Aarogyam UK's research report exemplifies our commitment to advancing the frontiers of psychiatric research and driving positive change within the community." Stated Dr Sharma.


"Breathe-Free Project within Aarogyam (UK) CIC, with its unwavering commitment to trauma and mental health advancement, is poised to make a lasting impact on the field of psychiatry through their groundbreaking programs and research. Our participation in the World Congress of Psychiatry reflects our dedication to the pursuit of innovative solutions and improved mental health outcomes for individuals worldwide." Continued Dr Sharma.


Key Recommendations of report

The authors of the report recommend that:

  • Providers be more aware of the cultural context of trauma and how it can impact survivors' experiences.

  • Providers be more aware of trauma informed care and open to learning from survivors journey in order to support them.

  • Culturally Responsive Trauma-Informed Care could be feasible and effective approach to integrate in the community settings.

For more information about Breathe-Free Project at Aarogyam (UK) CIC, research endeavors, and updates regarding the World Congress of Psychiatry presentation, please visit Breathe-Free.



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