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.
Mental Hospital, Lagankhel
TU Teaching Hospital
B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
P.O.Box: 25527 DSAN, kathmandu, Nepal
Mrs Shila Thapa
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.
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.
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).
Phone: 00977-1-4414394 / 00977-16-224660
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 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.
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