Mental Health in Nepal has been a complicated issue to address, both at the individual level as well as society as a whole. The reasons behind this are the low levels of acceptance and understanding for people suffering from mental health problems and this situation is only aggravated by the lack of mental health care services and facilities along with human and financial resources that can fully address the variety of mental health conditions.
The reality of Nepal’s less than adequate Mental Health sector serves to remind us of the various problems that arise when those affected are not provided with much needed help. It is estimated between 15 to 20 percent of the Nepali population suffers from some form of mental disorders, with depression and anxiety being two of the most common types of health issues.
If left untreated even minor issues of mental health can grow in severity. Substance abuse, and dependency issues are a consequence a disturbed mind and so are cases of domestic violence and instability. These phenomena can be categorized as a vicious cycle where lack of professional help leads to an increase in mental disorders which in turn creates further instability at home and in the professional lives of individuals with mental illness. So it is neither an understatement nor an exaggeration to state that mental health is as important as physical health.
To this end, Chaitanya Institute for Mental Health addresses these various mental health challenges prevalent in Nepal. As a leading institution, Chaitanya houses exemplary human resources which promotes quality mental health care across the country, encourages public awareness on mental health issues and contributes to shaping policy for the benefit of all.