Places for Psychosocial and Mental Health Care in Nepal


Following is the list of the places for psychosocial and mental health care in Nepal with brief introduction and their contact address. This list will be useful for service/job seekers, students, interns, volunteers, teachers and anybody interested in psychosocial and mental health care area.

Hospitals:

Mental Hospital, Lagankhel

Web: http://www.mhl.org.np/

Contact: http://www.mhl.org.np/profile.php

TU Teaching Hospital

http://www.teachinghospital.org.np/

Dhulikhel Hospital

http://www.dhulikhelhospital.org/

Patan Hospital

http://www.pahs.edu.np/about/hospital/

B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences

http://bpkihs.edu/faculty/faculty-of-medicine/psychiatry.html

I/NGOs

TPO Nepal

Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Nepal is one of Nepal’s leading psychosocial organizations. TPO Nepal‘s primary aim is to promote psychosocial well-being and mental health of children and families in conflict-affected and other vulnerable communities, through development of sustainable, culturally-appropriate, community-based psychosocial support systems.

Web: http://tponepal.org

Contact: http://tponepal.org/index.php?option=com_contact&view=contact&id=1&Itemid=8&lang=en

CMC-Nepal

Center for Mental Health and Counseling – Nepal (CMC-Nepal) is a national level non-governmental organization, registered on 1st May 2003 in Kathmandu District Administration Office and affiliated to the Social Development Council. It is working on various levels with preventive, promotive and curative aspects of mental health, aiming to provide mental health services in the community. It is also supporting other organizations in their psychosocial programs. The initiator of CMC-Nepal is United Mission to Nepal, Mental Health Program, established in 1984.

Web: http://www.cmcnepal.org.np

Contact: http://www.cmcnepal.org.np/contact.html

Autism Care Nepal

AutismCare Nepal was founded on 2 April 2008 on the auspicious occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day. It is the only active autism organisation in Nepal that is run by passionate parents that care for autistic children.

Web: http://www.autismnepal.org/

Email: autismnepal@gmail.com

Terre des hommes Nepal

The Terre des hommes (Tdh) Foundation with headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the largest Swiss children’s aid organization operating outside Switzerland. For 40 years, the movement has been active wherever children are in need. The movement follows the Chartaof its founder, Edmond Kaiser, pledging to provide direct and un bureaucratic assistance to children in distress, wherever they may be. Resolute commitment and long-term experience have led to Terre des hommes today playing a leading role in the field of humanitarian aid at an international level. With emergency action and long-term projects, Terre des hommes is fighting for children’s rights in 30 countries, practicing a strict policy of political, ideological and religious neutrality.

Web: http://www.tdhnepal.org/

Maryknoll Nepal

Maryknoll Nepal, established in 1991, is a non-profit, non-governmental voluntary social organization, duly registered with His Majesty’s Government and Social Welfare Council of Nepal. It was established with the main aim of releasing all the chronically mentally ill patients locked in different jails like Central Jail in Kathmandu and Dhulikhel jail in Kavre. Those patients were imprisoned for many years, solely for being mentally ill. There were no hospital facilities to accommodate them and the families did not want them back due to the chronic and relapsing nature of their illness. Psychiatric treatment within the jail does not exist. The other two aims are to provide treatment and then, to rehabilitate the mentally ill within their own families and communities.

Web: http://www.maryknollnepal.org.np/

Contact: http://www.maryknollnepal.org.np/contact.php

Down Syndrome Association of Nepal (DSA Nepal)

DSA Nepal was founded in May 2006 by Shila Thapa, president of the DSA, relatives and seven parents of children with Down Syndrome. Each parent has experienced horrifying days during the infancy of their child and consequently feel inspired to generate changes in the attitude of society towards children with Down Syndrome. We are the only organisation in Nepal offering support solely to people with Down Syndrome. The DSA Nepal strives to educate health professionals and society as a whole on the potential abilities of a child with Down Syndrome, the associated health condition and the acceptance required by society to empower people with Down Syndrome to live an independent, typical life.

 

Contact Address

kapurdhara Marg-694
Kapurdhara,Kathmandu,Nepal
Ph:4352103
Mobile:9851092250
P.O.Box: 25527 DSAN, kathmandu, Nepal

Contact Person
Mrs Shila Thapa

E-mail
dsanepal@mos.com.np
nepal.dsa@gmail.com

Web: http://www.dsanepal.org

CVICT

The Centre for Victims of Torture, Nepal (CVICT) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that rehabilitates victims of torture, advocates the eradication of torture and promotes human rights within Nepal.

CVICT provides professional medical, psychosocial and legal services to Nepalese men, women and children who are victims of torture, trauma associated with torture or inhuman treatment. CVICT believes that a comprehensive, holistic and multi-disciplinary approach is required to adequately assist victims of torture and their families overcome the physical, mental and emotional consequences of torture. CVICT has been providing comprehensive rehabilitation services for victims of torture and other human rights abuses to restore their human dignity since 1990.

Web: www.cvict.org.np

Contact: http://www.cvict.org.np/contact.html

Koshish Nepal

Koshish is a non-profitable, national Non-governmental organization (NGO) working to improve the quality of mental health policies and programs, and at the same time challenge existing discriminating attitudes towards people affected by mental illness. Koshish is functioning as a “self help” organization where the mentally ill persons and their families are themselves given a voice – instead of just other people “speaking on their behalf”. In fact the very existence of Koshish evolved from the first hand experiences of people with mental health problems, along with the support and solidarity of their families and related professionals at strategic levels. Koshish has been working informally and voluntarily on mental health issues since 2004. During these first years Koshish became involved in the rehabilitation of dozens of people affected by mental illness. This encouraged to get officially registered in 2008, at the District Administrative Office in Kathmandu, with the approval of Nepal Social Welfare Council.

Web: http://www.koshishnepal.org

Contact: http://www.koshishnepal.org/contact.html

HealthNet Nepal

HealthNet Nepal is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that serves the Nepalese health community by providing affordable Internet service, access to health information, and technical support for several regional information-sharing initiatives.The users of HealthNet Nepal are health workers from several prominent health and medical facilities, university departments, and non-governmental organizations. HealthNet Nepal was established in partnership with SATELLIFE, a non-governmental organization based in Watertown, Massachusetts whose mission is to combat isolation and information poverty among health professionals throughout the developing world.

HealthNet Nepal is responsible for introducing many health organizations throughout Nepal to the power of information and communication technology, particularly electronic mail, as a low cost communication medium and a tool for accessing information from various sources such as MEDLINE, discussion groups, and news groups.

CPCS (Child Protection Centers and Services)

CPCS was founded in 2002 to answer the children’s needs in the streets of Nepal. Every year, hundred of kids, hundreds of kids, attracted by the allure of the “big city”, leave their villages.  Once there, they discover the harsh realities of life in the streets and are left on their own to face multiple forms of danger and abuse (moral, sexual and physical).

http://www.cpcs-int.org/

Phone: 00977-1-4414394 / 00977-16-224660

Fax: 00977-1-4429897

Email: international@cpcs-nepal.org, contact@cpcs-nepal.org, cpcs_int@yahoo.com

Address: G.P.O.Box 8975 – EPC 5173, Dillibazar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Emergency Line Number: (24hrs medical and legal support for street children)

00977-1-4411000 / 00977-1- 2413082

Antardristi Nepal

Antardristi work in the field of mental health, and aim to empower youth and children to overcome various psychological problems and lead healthy lives. Established in 2003, Antardristi Nepal has three residential centers in Kathmandu (2007), Pokhara (2008) and Hetauda (2010). All three centers offer teacher sensitivity training, community outreach, awareness classes and mothers’ groups.

Antardristi’s residential centers also take in children who are in need of victim support and counseling. The main goal of Antardristi is to provide counseling services to victims of child sexual abuse and allow these children to have a brighter, safer future. The children Antardristi care for live in the center for one year and are provided with food, shelter, access to education and counseling. Antardristi also provides parents of a victim with support and access to vocational training to assist them in providing a stable environment for the child when they return home.

http://www.antardristi.com.np/

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Note: There are many other active organizations in Nepal which might not have website or not listed here, if you would like to add your organization/agency in this page then, contact me: sujenman@gmail.com or you could also write/attach/drop a comment to this page with the organization introduction and contact address, including postal address and phone numbers.

28 thoughts on “Places for Psychosocial and Mental Health Care in Nepal

  1. Thanks Sujen Jee, I’m the program director from CPCS (which is in your list for NGO’s – mental health care). But I’m happy with the info from all this other organizations.
    Kindly regards,
    Inge

  2. Hi sujen,

    It’s so nice that you have listed some of the organizations that works in psychosocial and mental healt care. So, you may want to change the heading like “Psychosocial and Mental Health care” instead of only writing Mental Health care. What do you think?

    Pragya

    1. Thanks for list. Me shyam from Maryknoll Nepal.I am 100% agreed with heading from Pragya…that is right and relevant too,,tank you again for listing Maryknoll Nepal….Good job keep it up

  3. Sujen,
    it is always good to see and read what you are doing . and this one is also very useful for the people like us who are always interested to do something in this field.thank you.

  4. Dear Sujen, No doubt that you are doing wonderful work in the field of PSYCHOLOGY and mental health. I found these things very interesting. SEe you soon.

  5. Great work. Dear Sujen there are more organization working at community and central level in psychosocial health and well being.

  6. Dear Sujenji
    It is great to know about the org working in Psychosocial and mental health in Nepal. I am searching for the literatures regarding studies on Postpartum Depression in Nepal and found very few, if you have any links of the documents as well as the other pioneers of Psychosocial and mental health in Nepal please let me know.

  7. Hi,
    I am majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women Studies at Colby-Sawyer college . I wanted to inquire as to if there is any summer internship opportunities for college undergraduates interested in the psychology field. Is there anyone to whom I can send a resume for consideration? I am taking classes on cognition, personality, neruo and assessment and lab.
    Dristi Adhikari

  8. Dai. Thank you so much for all the information and thank you to all the people involved in mental health services. Your involvement and service is greatly appreciated. However
    Is mental health services in Nepal only provided by NGOs and INGOs? How come all people associated people in this field only work in these sectors? I am aware that the most vulnerable people and the most in need are being looked after. What about services for regular people? I have been trying to look for a place/consultation for quiet a while now and can’t find anything/anyone decent. Finally found a few but they are also busy for the next 6 months atleast with PROJECTs. It’s either patan hospital or overseas . Very surprised at this stats. People aware of their illness and needing and wanting help don’t seem to be having options or avenues. I wonder if mental illness ( diagnosis) might be being forced upon the unaware? With everyone eager to join the NGO/INGO band wagon. Anyone good you have heard or known of is only available to NGOs and INGOs. It is Very unfortunate to know its hard for people aware of their illness to seek help. I reckon a little bit of resource put into urban and youth and middle class sector can actually save a lot of life. Again apologies for the rant but I expect seasoned industry professionals like yourself to understand the anxiety/anger/frustration at being too fortunate or not enough less fortunate to receive help . respect

    1. Bhai, I can understand your sense of frustration with the current situation of mental health services in Nepal. You make valid points and you have raised very important questions:

      ‘Is mental health services in Nepal only provided by NGOs and INGOs? ‘
      –No, hospitals like Mental Hospital & other general hospitals and some professionals privately practicing also provide significant support to the people.

      ‘How come all people associated people in this field only work in these sectors? ‘
      –Most of the people are into these sectors because of the job prospects.

      ‘What about services for regular people? ‘
      –Yes, the resources are limited and now after earthquakes, most of the NGOs putting efforts into projects, it is true, it takes time for the appointment and receive help. And what about the professionals themselves when they are in need of help? I have always asked this question, we have a small circle where most of the professionals know one another and the concerns for confidentiality/comfort really make it hard to go out to get help with the ones you know with whom one needs to interact later in work.

      ‘I wonder if mental illness ( diagnosis) might be being forced upon the unaware? ‘
      –There is of course risk of misdiagnosis/malpractice if people who do not understand or have limited understanding of culture and context go there to help. Experienced supervisors need to be mindful of this while supervising junior staff.

      SM

      1. Thanks for the swift response and an effort to answer my queries. One simple question Dai hai. looks like you are the only person who can answer this -if at all

        Where can I get help? Some references plz. I have some conditions though

        * Private Practise only ( no disrespect to govt Practise – I don’t want to overburden the system – other people are in need more than me
        * No NGO/INGO – I am sure their time and energy is needed and will be much appreciated else where
        * practitioner should be less than 50 years old ( again – I believe things have changed rapidly in the last couple of decades and I don’t want to take chances as not all medical practitioners are up to date)
        Not a big ask- haina ta Dai. I am just looking for someone professional. Again your response will be much appreciated

  9. Dear sir mild schizophenia ko karan m 12 barsa dekhi jobless xu maile janeko kam pizza mekers ho! Tapai ko ngo marvat katai job lagai denu huxa ki m derai avari hune thiye

  10. hello sir , there is a child with Down syndrome near by my house and was suggesting center providing appropriate care . Which center do i recommended ? They are from Lalitpur.

    1. #Ghainto ko gham
      Firstly depression is common problem, I’m also suffering from same problem.It can leads to criminal activities,madness,suicide case and
      even more.you can take medical help
      from doctors. It is really working in my Case 😊

  11. due to various factors and problems i’m getting problem with my behaviour,attitude, psychology. and sometimes i don’t realize what i’m doing and thinking so, i want recommendation about what i should do.

  12. My elder sister is of age 26 show abnormal behavior as she act like kids and when i have explained all her activities to one pyschologist from new zealand he told me she must be suffering from Altruism due to which me and my parent are facing huge problem. Where should we take sister to diagnose ?

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