It’s been exactly a month we organized International Mental Health Conference Nepal (IMHCN) 2018 after several months of preparation and collaboration between representatives from different government and non-government organizations working in the area of mental health in Nepal.
The lead organizer of the conference was Ministry of Health, Department of Health Services, Primary Health Care Revitalization Division. It took place in Park Village Resort, Kathmandu on 16 and 17 Feb, 2018. It was supported by 16 different organizations and academic institution composed of main organizing committee and seven sub-committees (Scientific, Communication & Media, Souvenir, Policy Discourse, Terminology Translation, Hospitality & Event Management and Finance & Logistics) dedicated to execute specific tasks related to the conference. I had an opportunity to be in the organizing committee and coordinator of Communication & Media Subcommittee. Other members of my committee were Suraj Shakya, Gopal Dhakal and Ritesh Khadka. I would like to thank them for their cooperation.
This conference addressed the mental health and psychosocial themes by presenting scientific studies and programmatic innovations by bringing together mental health & psychosocial professionals, academics, service users and related stakeholders in the common platform. Keynote and invited speakers gave special presentations on key themes related to mental health and psychosocial well-being. Researchers from Nepal and various countries shared their findings and field experiences. Presentations and debates focused on promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation approaches that contribute to improving mental health and psychosocial well-being.
Altogether 34 papers and 51 posters were presented/exhibited in the two-day conference. 6 keynote speakers and 4 invited speakers from Nepal and other countries highlighted the importance of mental health and psychosocial services and research. Over 350 participants attended the conference. Me along with four other ACF colleagues participated and we had one paper presentation by Karine Le Roch on FUSAM research and one poster exhibition related to one of the projects ACF implemented in Nuwakot and Rasuwa after the earthquakes.
The program book and presentations are now available in the website:
Invitation to edit:
NEPsychNet Annual Digest 2017 is a collaborative document being prepared to archive the important information related to field of Nepalese Psychology and mental health. Most of the information for this digest comes from the social media, interpersonal contacts and contribution by the interested individuals through google doc link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/177zmP3FW5eUaP6t1EnwURC0NuWkayuAHq-JuyaA7sSc/edit?usp=sharing_eil&ts=5a390374
I would like to invite you to contribute in compiling this digest. Contributions (both in Nepali and English) are welcome until 31 December 2017. All contributions will be duly acknowledged and appreciated.
The final version of this digest will be available online on the first week of 2018.
International Mental Health Conference Nepal 2018 (IMHCN2018) invites mental health and allied professionals, practitioners, researchers, academicians, NGOs, INGOs, service users, and students to contribute scientific papers, posters, or symposia related to the Conference Theme “Coming together for mental health” in the following areas:
- Promotion of mental health
- Prevention of mental illness
- Treatment & Rehabilitation of people with mental illness
15 December is the deadline for the submission of abstracts. Just a week left!
Guideline is available at: http://mentalhealthconferencenepal.com/call-for-abstracts/
Early registration for the conference is highly encouraged as the confirmation will be on first come, first served basis. Details: http://mentalhealthconferencenepal.com/registration/
Sujen Man Maharjan
Coordinator, Communication and Media Sub-committee
International Mental Health Conference Nepal 2018 (IMHCN2018)