We need to sustain the weekly "Welcome Centre" for our mentally ill clients by offering activities that allow expression, engagement and build self esteem. We do this through counselling 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.
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.
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.
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.