The 2006 award was conferred on CAUSE OF OUR JOY
in recognition of its exemplary commitment to the noble call
of uplifting and rehabilitating the mentally disadvantaged.
Cause of Our Joy (COOJ) was founded in 2002 by Dr. Peter J. Castelino, a consulting psychiatrist, to provide mental health and rehabilitation services to the community. According to Dr. Castelino, “the large population of people suffering from the highly stigmatizing mental illness, do not get the required help either due to ignorance about the sickness or the attitudes of the community towards the disease”. Dr. Castellino’s clinical approach is oriented towards enabling mental patients to recover themselves and live normal lives rather than to be completely dependent on medical prescriptions.