We are currently living in a world where one in four people are currently affected by mental disorders, and 3 out of 4 people suffering from mental disorders do not receive any treatments. Neuropsychiatric conditions account 13% of total disability adjusted life year (DALYs) lost due to all-diseases and injuries and is likely to increase to 15% with depression accounting for 5.7% of DALYs by 2030. The disabilities led by mental disorders like depression, substance abuse, schizophrenia have robbed individuals in realizing their potential, developing coping skills against normal stresses of life, and being economically and socially productive.
The burden is even high for low and middle-income countries like Nepal with less than efficient mental health services- regarding limited diagnostic, treatment and availability of human resources to address mental health issues. Suicide- the second most common cause of death among young people globally; Nepal has seventh highest suicide rate in the world-mostly among girls and woman of reproductive age. Additionally, the aftermath of an earthquake on April 25, 2015, have raised the burden of post-traumatic stress disorders among the survivors exponentially.
This alarming rate of the mental illness mingled in less than efficient mental health services- availability and accessibility are one of the emerging challenges in Nepal. The stigmatization associated with mental health and pre-labelling of mental health seeker as “mad” has created an enormous barrier in identifying and addressing mental health issues. There are very few specialist mental health services in Nepal. Every year we “Sustainable Himalayan Foundation” organize 3 days Mental health workshop to notion of promotion and prevention with respect to mental health. We believe Mental health promotion deals with enabling individuals, communities and families to strengthen or support positive emotional, cognitive and related experiences.
On the workshop participate will gain the knowledge to recognize a wide range of mental health conditions and learn about the support/therapy provided by professional healthcare providers. They will learn how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. Participate will be able to recognize and manage stress and understand the impacts of substance abuse and also will learn about the first aid action plan for MH, be able to put it in place and understand how to implement a positive MH culture in the personal life and workplace.
From 2017 SHF has worked with the women and girls from different background, providing education and training to women aged 14 to 45, focusing where there is lack of Education, Poor Health & Sanitation, Gender Discrimination, Sexual Abuse and Trafficking Sustainable Foundation will also initiate these programs in upcoming years.
We are committed to providing victims of sex trafficking the support they need, allowing them to feel strong and confident in controlling their lives and claiming their rights. For many victims of trafficking, this process starts simply by arriving to one of our anti-trafficking or mental health workshops in Kathmandu, where they meet other people who have been in similar situations. The simple realisation that they are not alone, and that they are not alienated from society has proven to be an incredibly powerful step in the road to recovery. These workshops have been very successful and the demand has been staggering; we frequently reach maximum capacity. Currently we are scheduling our forthcoming events, and are urgently seeking funding to ensure that this important work can continue, and that nobody who requires our help is left behind.