Health  Nepal Project #18202

Uplift the Lives of Mentally Distressed in Nepal

by Chhahari Nepal for Mental Health Vetted since 2014 Site Visit Verified

Summary

We need to sustain the weekly "Welcome Centre" for our mentally distressed clients by offering activities that allow expression, engagement and build self-esteem. We do this through counseling sessions, vocational classes, creative therapy classes like art, music, yoga and outdoor activities. We also, include their family members & carers to raise awareness in the community and to be their support system. We encourage home visits with help from our young volunteers.

$25,000
total goal
$7,127
remaining
61
donors
2
monthly donors
3
years

Challenge

A meager 0.14% is spent by the Nepalese Government on mental health which is allocated for hospital services only. Conventional treatments neglect cultural, spiritual & economic values. They disregard the importance of the role of families. Lack of awareness retains traditional beliefs of mental illness in society. Monthly household incomes average only about $50 while treatments cost a minimum of $20 each time.

Solution

By providing a "Welcome Centre" which includes free counselling sessions & creative therapy classes that engage the clients, their carers & family members & build their self esteem. By giving family members space to express their anxieties and seek solutions to their problems. And largely, by negotiating affordable treatments, both at government & private hospitals.

Long-Term Impact

Provision of treatment along with family support to clients from 10 communities, gradually expanding outside of Kathmandu Valley. Teaching them income generating skills which will benefit both the clients and their families. Establishing a basket fund to supplement family resources for treatment. Engaging the community, especially the youth in raising awareness. And by facilitating capacity building opportunities through volunteering.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.cnmh.info
Chhahari Nepal's Website
Chhahari Nepal's Facebook Page
Chhahari Nepal's You Tube Channel
Chhahari Nepal's Twitter Page

Organization Information

Chhahari Nepal for Mental Health

Location: Kathmandu, Province 3 - Nepal
Website: http:/​/​www.cnmh.info
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Bidya Maharjan
Program Manager
Kathmandu, Bagmati Nepal

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