Survivors Nepal is very excited to launch the Mental Health for All (MHA) website on 10th October 2018, World Mental Health Day. This website represents a very positive step for Nepal in its attitude towards and treatment of mental health. While the portal is still in development, Survivors Nepal is keen to launch it to provide the community with the opportunity to access this interactive online one-stop-shop which gives information and support for people with mental health issues.
Mental health is a topic of national importance. Nepal has an annual suicide rate of almost 5346 (FY 2074/75) and there are significant issues with stigma and discrimination against those with mental health issues. The Mental Health for All Portal will assist in access to treatment and care seeking behavior, de-stigmatization of mental health among young adults in Nepal and the education of the community.
A key aspect of the project is the establishment of the Champions of Care program, where connections can be made with high quality clinical and psychosocial services.
The Mental Health for All portal will:
- Inform people about mental health.
- Encourage self-identification and improve treatment seeking behavior.
- Challenge misconceptions and prejudice in relation to mental health.
- Provide opportunities for support and advice to those with family members or friends with mental health issues.
- Be a platform for people to unite and advocate for improved access of mental health care.
- The portal will have a story section where we encourage our audience and young adults to share their stories of mental health, helping to make mental health accepted in society.
We will also post about mental health on the MHA social media page which we believe (with 70% internet penetration) has become a platform for people of the Nepal to engage and learn.
The link to the portal – http://www.mhanepal.org/
Social media page – http://www.facebook.com/mhanepal2018/
Survivors would like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Embassy which has funded this project through a grant from the Direct Aid Program.