We require funding to sustain our weekly "Welcome Centre" which we initiated for our mentally distressed Clients. At the Centre we conduct activities that allow them the freedom of expression, interaction and building of self-esteem. We do this through counselling sessions, vocational classes, creative art and music therapy, yoga and outdoor activities. We also include their family & carers to be their support system. Our Team and Volunteers conduct regular home visits to motivate them.
Lack of awareness retains traditional beliefs of mental illness in society. Conventional treatments neglect cultural, spiritual & economic values. They disregard the importance of the role of families.Monthly household incomes average only about $50 while treatments cost a minimum of $25 each time. A meager 0.14% is spent by the Nepalese Government on mental health. This is allocated for hospital services only.
By providing a 'Welcome Centre' which includes free counselling sessions and creative therapy classes that engage the Clients, their Carers and Family. By giving their family members space to express their anxieties and seek solutions for their problems. And by negotiating affordable treatment at government and private hospitals.
Provision of treatment along with family support to Clients from 10 communities, gradually expanding outside of Kathmandu Valley. Teaching them income generating skills beneficial to them and their families. Establishing a basket fund for treatment to supplement family resources. Engaging the community, especially youth, in raising awareness about mental health. And by facilitating capacity building opportunities through volunteering.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).