Twiiter chat on #MentalHealthNepal organized by #Psychbigyaan


Recent twitter interaction on #NepalMentalHealth with young psychology students #psychbigyaan

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Twiiter chat on #MentalHealthNepal organized by #Psychbigyaan


On Saturday, 13 December 2014 Psychbigyaan organized the twitter chat on Mental Health condition in Nepal with professionals and stakeholders.  The event was held for an hour from NST 7 pm to 8 pm.

Notably three persons involved in Mental Health shared very important views about the condition of Mental Health in Nepal:  Sujen Man Maharjan who is working  as a psycho-socio counsellor in ICRC Nepal , Bijaya Gyawali who is a practising clinical psychologist in Japan and Dr. Anupam Pokharel, a psychiatrist practising now in Australia. Along with them several interested students of psychology were involved. In the question regarding the overall mental health condition in Nepal, the professionals held the belief that it disjointed in which in one extreme it is extremely medicalized and other extreme trivialized. Concerns were raised about its increasing importance but on the contrast less awareness…

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A study on help seeking behavior for mental health difficulties among Nepali in UK

Interested readers can find the full text of the dissertation below:

[PDF] Factors Influencing Beliefs about Mental Health Difficulties and Attitudes Towards Seeking Help Amongst Nepalese people in the United Kingdom

A Thake – 2014
Research shows that in the UK, individuals from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are significantly less likely to access mental health services than the general population. In the absence of literature or robust mental health service access figures for Nepalese people living in the UK (NLU) there is little understanding of the mental health needs and help-seeking preferences of this group. This study aimed to examine factors which are associated with professional help-seeking for mental health difficulties in NLU. The Theory of Planned Behaviour (Ajzen, 1985) was used as a guiding theoretical framework to examine the strongest predictors of intention to seek professional help. Potential predictors, shame/izzat, acculturation, beliefs about the causes of mental distress and demographic variables were measured. The sample were 65 NLU recruited from community centres, health events and online groups across the UK.
Results indicated that although a significant number of NLU reported having experienced mental health difficulties, very few had sought professional help. A number of variables significantly correlated with intention to seek professional help, including level of acculturation, non-Western physiological causal beliefs and izzat. According to a multiple-regression analysis of the whole sample, izzat was the most strongly related to intention to seek professional help. A number of barriers to help-seeking were identified such as hoping problems would go away or not wanting to burden others.

A significant strength of the study was the use of both Nepalese and English language questionnaires which ensured that a large non-English speaking section of the NLU population was not excluded from the study. Limitations include methodological considerations such as the use of one measure which appeared to have limited validity. Furthermore, the exclusion of illiterate individuals by merit of using a self-report questionnaire limits the generalisability of these findings to the NLU more widely.
Low mental health service access rates were identified within this sample relative to the prevalence of mental health difficulties. The clinical implications of this study highlight the need for policy and service level strategies to increase service access rates and the need for mental health services which are sensitive to the culturally specific issues within the population.

-Don’t go so Far — Antim Yatra-


In news today: about Families of Jogimara commomerating their loved ones by building the community resting place and monument.



Originally posted on Sujen Man:

The film “Don’t go so far” was produced by ICRC Nepal following the families on an emotional journey to visit their loved ones’ grave site who were killed during armed conflict in 2002 at Kalikot and perform the farewell rituals that let them rest in peace. It was released last year on the occasion of International Day of Disappeared.

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How to take great photos—even on your cell phone

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good tips for amateurs!!

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Taking great photos isn’t just about having a nice camera. I’m a firm believer that good photography comes from smart photographers who think creatively and know how to make the most of what they’ve got—whether they’re working with fancy DSLR or an iPhone.

On TED’s design team, where I manage TED’s Instagram account, we’re always on the lookout for beautiful, arresting images. Below are 8 non-technical, non-intimidating tips that I continue to refer to even after years of taking pictures.

  1. Keep your lens clean and your battery charged. Yes, both of these things are obvious, but they’re also very easy to forget. With my camera, I like to keep at least one extra fully-charged battery on hand, and I always keep my phone charger with me because it’s such a bummer when you want to take a photo but can’t. Phones can get especially dirty from riding around in…

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Nepal Edition of Sex Trafficking in South Asia


updated with a song by Yama Buddha!!

Originally posted on Sujen Man:

———- Forwarded message ———- From: MARY CRAWFORD <> Date: Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 9:51 AM Subject: Nepal Edition of Sex Trafficking in South Asia To: Sujen Man <>,
My book, Sex Trafficking in South Asia, is now available in a special edition published for Nepal. The book, which is in English, is available at reasonable cost at Mandala Book Point, Kantipath. Please pass on this information to anyone who might be interested in this resource. I hope that the research described in the book may help contribute to eliminating trafficking in girls and women.
With best regards,
Mary Crawford, Ph.D. Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies University of Connecticut Storrs CT 06269 USA

For details, see: Price: Rs. 720/paperback The public copy of this book is also now available at Martin Chautari Library, Thapathali.My one line review of this book – “Thoughtful, well-written…

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NEPsychNet-563- Oppression and Mental Health in Nepal.

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Daily update ⋅ October 25, 2014
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Research on mental health in Nepal matters because it can help us clarify how mental health interacts with culture in a wide variety of ways.

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