Claiming the Political Platform for Mental Health

- Dr Arzu Rana Deuba

Discussion Type: Mangalbaarey | Date: 20 Nov 2012 | Time: 03:00 PM


Jointly organized by MC, Nepal Mental Health Foundation and Nepal Mental Health Policy Group

About Discussion
[The prolonged political transition has turned Nepal into a trauma-ridden country. The impact of the post-conflict transition, growing inequality, declining credibility of public service in all sectors like education, health, employment, security, and rule of law, have a profound impact on the well-being of the mind. These factors have created an enormous amount of trauma and frustration among the population. Though it is hard to measure its direct impact on the mental health of the population, the rising number of suicides in the last 10 years, the rising trend of substance abuse among the young and the massive increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are indications of growing mental health problems in the country. It is understood now that the majority of mental health problems cannot be addressed medically alone. They are directly linked to the social, cultural, economic and political dimensions of any society. Therefore, it is vital to claim the political platform to find sustainable solutions for many mental health related issues].

- Dr Arzu Rana Deuba

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