A case study of a social approach to community mental health in Nepal
By Bidya Maharjan - Programme Manager
” It slowly became clear that I was the only person who had to take care of my son in our house. I felt very alone and depressed at times. I always asked why I was even born but again the condition of my son made me realize that I had to continue living to take care of him.”
“At first I was little irritated by the Social Worker's emphasis on building relationship with my son and hence I asked them why they needed to build a strong relationship with him. It would be more helpful if they could simply take care of him for the whole day. They replied that they could not force anyone to stay in their office. I was irritated by such arguments and I argued back telling them that my son had to be forced because he was mentally ill but social workers of Chhahari Nepal for Mental Health argued back to me stating that just because they were stronger than my son that does not mean they have rights to impose their will on him. Although I was still irritated but I was also impressed by their arguments because I felt that these social workers were willing to treat my son with respect when even his own family members never treated him with respect. Never.”
“ One difficulty for me right now is that I have to remember if he has taken 5-6 different types of medicine every day. In this condition I feel very much helped when social workers from Chhahari regularly phone me or come to see me and my son and remind us."
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