KOSHISH National Mental Health Self-Help Organization purchased land on a beautiful hillside in Nepal. We plan to build a transit home by 2020 to provide low-cost emergency short-term psychosocial care to 150 women with mental health problems annually starting in 2021. The transit home will provide women basic needs, counselling and psychiatric support in a therapeutic environment. Post recovery we will help these women live independently by reintegrating them in their families and communities.
Women in Nepal are at high risk of mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities (MHPHD) due to poor living conditions, discrimination, early marriage, and abuse. As there are limited mental health services, women suffering from severe mental health problems are at risk of being caged, chained, locked up or deprived of necessary mental health services. As the rent and daily expenditure for the current transit home is too high, we aim to build low-cost transit home to reach more women.
KOSHISH's new transit home will provide women with mental health problems emergency short-term psychosocial care. KOSHISH's land offers transit home beneficiaries new opportunities for agricultural skill development and nature therapy, as well as continuing to offer counselling and medical support. The new building will be KOSHISH property which allows more funds to go to mental health programs instead of rent. With increased financial freedom, more women will have access to the transit home.
The new transit home will enable the care of 150 women annually. This will increase the number of women living independently, integrated into their communities. These women will aid psycho-education programs in eliminating the stigma of mental health problems by showing communities living proof of recovery! KOSHISH will make a humanitarian impact with new agricultural skill development, empowering women to be financially independent. This frees more KOSHISH funds to support other women in need.