KOSHISH is a nongovernmental organization working in Nepal, as a national self-help organization working in the field of mental health. The word "KOSHISH" means "making an effort”. KOSHISH follows a twin-track approach; advocacy and direct service delivery. Koshish is affilated with, Social Welfare Council under Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welface (Affiliation No. 25676) and registered in District Administration Office, Kathmandu (Registration No. 086/065) in 2008. Since 2008, advocacy for inclusion and dignity of people with mental health and psychosocial issues, as well as transforming lives of people living in vulnerable conditions, has been at the forefront of KOSHISH’s goals.
KOSHISH activities are focused on:
- Quality of life of people living with mental health and psychosocial issues is improved
- Reintegration of clients back into their communities
- Destigmatization of mental illnesses in Nepal
- Eliminate social, cultural, legal barriers regarding mental health and psychosocial disabilities issues
KOSHISH started as informal self-help group set up with self-experience modality with strong commitment, passion and interest. KOSHISH rescued the people living in severe mental health and psychosocial issue in streets through referral and cross referral of severe cases to “Samudaayik Manasik Swastha Sewa Kendra” in Danchi. The community based mental health program as a pilot was implemented in Mahadevbesi and Benighat of Dhading district. In 2010 in partnership with CBM, KOSHISH started Community Based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (CBMHPSS) project in Dhading and Bhaktapur.
KOSHISH has evolved as a national self-help organization (Disable Peoples’ Organization) working in a twin-track approach i.e. self-advocacy and service delivery.
Mental health and psycho-social well-being for all.
KOSHISH seeks to ensure dignified life for people with psychosocial problems through improving and implementing policies and legislation and expanding community-based mental health and psychosocial support.
Quality of life of people living with psychosocial problems is improved.
- Transparency: KOSHISH is an open book for all.
- Ethical: Maintaining confidentiality, privacy, and right treatment of the beneficiary.
- Informed: Sharing relevant message, data and statistics.
- Diversity: Encompass idea of acceptance and respect different ideas, opinions, background, expertise, culture and knowledge.
- Determined: We will not give up fighting against stigma associated with mental health
- Partnership: We believe in cooperation, together we can do more.
- Empathy: Not pity but respecting full dignity of person with mental health issue
- Integrity: We practice honesty, loyalty and sincerity