Title Date
Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit 2018 2018-10-24
Recovery from a traumatic suffering 2018-10-11
Capacity Enhancement and Need Assessment for Self Advocates 2018-06-28
Face to Face Program on Suicide Prevention 2018-04-04
Interaction Program on CMHC Package 2074 and Annual Work Plan Development 2018-03-23
Fourth Regional Level Training on Mental Health and Human Rights 2017-09-18
Devkota became Ashoka Fellow 2017-09-06
Rotary supports materials to the beneficiaries 2017-04-24
KOSHISH received Social Service Award 2015-12-04
International Disability Day celebrated 2015-12-03
Devkota honored 2015-10-09
A forum on roles of social workers in mental health 2015-07-25
Earthquake and Mental Health 2015-06-18
A discussion forum with Film Artists 2014-12-16
KOSHISH celebrates World Mental Health Day 2014-10-10
KOSHISH Chairperson Mr. Devktoa received Punawati Prasain Women Rights and Upliftment Award 2014-08-17
The Roles and Responsibilities of Psychology Students 2014-07-20
Awareness and fundraising program 2014-06-01
An interaction program held on “Importance of Integrating Mental Health in Primary Health: Opportu 2014-03-12
Workshop on "Reintegration & access to justice of women with psycho-social/mental health problem" 2014-02-24
Program Conducted on Breaking the Chains of Stigma in Mental Health 2014-02-20
"Success Stories" published 2013-12-20
Program for the Promotion and Protection of Mental Health 2013-10-17
National Mental Health Policy: Status of Implementation, Challenges and Opportunities 2013-06-06
Earthquake and Mental Health
Posted on: 18 Jun, 2015


Members of civil society have recommended KOSHISH to prepare mental health agenda to be addressed and proceed for the delegation to the ministry of health and population. For that, the society made verbal commitment to be with KOSHISH. The commitment was made amidst an interaction program on "Earthquake and Mental Health" organized by KOSHISH on 18th June, 2015. 

Yubraj Chand, communication officer of KOSHISH welcomed the participants and highlighted the objectives of the program with short introduction of KOSHISH. The program moderator Birendra Thapaliya shared his experience of earthquake and its effect on mental health. A music video on post earthquake disaster and a documentary on transformation of lives of women living with mental illness were exhibited on the program. 

Akkal Lama, general secretary of KOSHISH shared his life-history and his journey of recovery from mental illness. He said, "I would not be in front of you if I was not rescued by KOSHISH on time as I was kept inhumanly at a private hospital and given 33 pills of psychiatric medicine a day; my life was ending day by day. Now I became a poet and published a couple of poetry books. I am very happy to be a part of KOSHISH". 

The chairperson of KOSHISH Matrika Devkota shared his life-experience among the participants. He also indicated that, the government is lagged behind to provide mental health service to the people and consequently they are compelled to wander in the streets due to severe illness. The issue of mental health problems could be improvised if the mental health policy could enforced in practice. Still there is no any focal person, unit or department to look after the mental health as it is mentioned in the policy that a unit will be established.

Legal expert Sharmila Parajuli stated the legal aspects of mental health in Nepal. She remarked about the rights of the persons living with mental illness which have been disrupted by the law. "They are not being recognized as human being. They are restricted with their voting rights, employment service and other strata by the law and discouraged to their progressive lives. The government should move forward with affirmative action to protect the rights of persons living with mental illness.", she said. 

The members of civil society Kapil Shrestha, Charan Prasai, Darshan Rauniyar, Mohan Khadka, Ganesh Kumar Mandal, Gopal Shivakoti, Kumar Raj Subedi, Santosh Pokhrel, Rameshwor Upadhyaya, Sumitra Shrestha, Subodh Raj Pyakurel, Rashana Dhakal, Dr. Kedar Narsingh K.C., Birendra Mishra, Kabindra Ram Sharma, Bhoj Raj Pokhrel, Dr. Surendra K.C. and Bishwa Keshar Maskey and others expressed their own views to promote the mental health in Nepal.

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