Community Mental Health Initiatives of HFN
Background: Almost one quarter of the Nepalese people suffer from some form of mental illnesses. Nepal has only one psychiatric hospital and the number of currently working psychiatrist is less than 60 in Nepal. About 4 in 5 people with serious mental illness do not receive any mental health care in low and middle income countries including Nepal. There are only 1.5 psychiatric beds per 100,000 population (only 112 psychiatric beds in government hospitals and 327 such beds are in private hospitals in Nepal), and the concept of psychiatric rehabilitation is still foreign in Nepal. HFN has been running different health projects in Dang district of Nepal. The district with more than half million population does not have even a psychiatrist neither has any specific mental health services. Witnessing the dire need of mental health services in Dang, HFN has incorporated community mental health services in our existing projects.