Mambalikalathil Sarada Menon is an Indian psychiatrist, social worker and the founder of Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF), a Chennai-based non-governmental organization working for the rehabilitation of people afflicted with Schizophrenia and other mental disorders. An Avvaiyyar Award recipient, she is a former Madras Medical Service officer and the first woman psychiatrist in India. The Government of India awarded her the third highest civilian honour of the Padma Bhushan, in 1992, for her contributions to society.
Menon has served as the vice-president of the Chennai chapter of the Red Cross Society and has been a member of the state government panel set up for proposing prison reforms. She is also associated with the World Fellowship for Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders (WFSAD). The Government of India awarded her the civilian honor of the Padma Bhushan in 1992. She is also a recipient of the Best Doctor Award from the Government of Tamil Nadu, Best Employer Award from the Government of India, Special Award of the International Association of Psycho-Social Rehabilitation, Boston and the For the Sake of Honour Award from the Rotary Club, Chennai. In 2016, the Government of Tamil Nadu honored her again with Avvaiyyar Award.
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