Our Success Rate

ASV has a fairly good success rate – approximately 60 – 70% of residents are fully rehabilitated ie are able to lead a normal life and join the main stream of society; get employment, marry and have their own families. 20 to 25% are able to independently take care of themselves and engage in part time work; 10 – 15% leave before completing their treatment.

Unique Features

We collaborate closely with the client and family to design each person's program individually and activities are arranged to respect individual needs and interests. We use only optimum dosage of medication. We believe that people with mental illness can be taught to be aware and take responsibility for themselves, hence we need them to be less sedated. Because of this we use innovative methods when management becomes a problem & are not quick to hospitalize them. Therefore, we are able to accommodate residents from an acute phase to full recovery. Our staff resident ratio is almost 1:1

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hank at his deskLate Fr. Hank Nunn SJ

“I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me”: Mathew 25:36

ASV was founded in 1979 by Fr Hank Nunn SJ, a Canadian Jesuit priest, who made Bangalore his home & dedicated himself through much hard work and diligent effort to provide treatment for the mentally ill.

In November 2013, Fr. Hank Nunn SJ, was awarded by the Times of India as one of the finalists of Mirror’s “Bangalore Hero” for his dedicated service towards the care and rehabilitation of the mentally ill.

Fr. Hank Nunn, SJ recently published a book about his life living with and helping the mentally ill called “Opening to Trust”.  This book is the story of Rev. Father Hank Nunn, a Canadian Jesuit priest, who moved from the Americas to Africa and then to India, finally settling down in Bengaluru. He is not a psychiatrist or a clinical psychologist, he is not a medical doctor or a trained teacher – yet he has been teaching students from all over the world to live life beyond the severest of challenges. This book can also serve as a manual for those who are care-givers, students of behavioral sciences and many others who may wish to replicate the Athma Shakti Vidyalaya concept anywhere in the world.