Our Vision

To create an institution at par with the best in the world which will provide this care and also to impart knowledge in the field of mental health.

Our Mission

To provide affoedable quality psychiatric care in the spirit of true Christian love to those in need as exhorted in our motto "by love serve one another."

Our Philosophy

SAN-KER in Khasi means growth within divine protection. It is thus an institution for personal growth within the all-encompassing embrace of God’s love. We understand that as human beings we are unable to cure disease but can function only as instruments leading our fellow sufferers to the healing powers of God, as we understand Him. This is reflected in our emblem where two hands hold up a person depicted by a head to the healing power above.

History

The plight of the chronically mentally ill was the motivating factor for the institution. The frustration of working in the governmental system with its apathy and callous neglect led the founder to explore alternatives to conventional infrastructure through which the care of these unfortunates could be improved. However, even in the existing NGO community at that time there was no awareness of the plight of the mentally ill and there was no hope of any support from them. It was then that the Meghalaya Industrial Development Corporation started a scheme for doctors wanting to open private health care facilities. The Managing Director was able to understand the need and agreed to support the idea that quality psychiatric care could be provided at an affordable cost. This was in spite of the fact that the MIDC is a commercial financial institution.

Work started from converted cowsheds on the 9th June 1990 with 10 beds to which another 10 had to be added within two weeks in another cowshed. There were no outpatient or emergency services initially but these were added on within a few months.

We started with the goal to provide affordable quality care to the mentally ill, especially those with chronic disease. This has been attained to a large extent as borne out by the fact that we cater to patients from neighbouring and even from more distant states. We are now at the point where we feel that our vision should be widened by extending the range of our training to various categories of mental health professionals.