KOSHISH has started Free Psychosocial First aid and counselling services through psychologists to support the minimization and management of mental health and psychosocial consequences caused by the COVID19 crisis and physical distancing.


KOSHISH is a non-governmental, non profit national self-help organization working in the field of mental health and psychosocial disability at the grassroots community level in Nepal. It was founded in 2008 by the initiation of the persons having lived experience of mental health issues. The word ‘KOSHISH’ means ‘making an effort’ and it had a combined team of both passionate and professional people. KOSHISH provides and advocates for independent living, inclusion and meaningful participation of persons with lived experiences of mental health conditions and psychosocial disability through strategic advocacy and service delivery in line with Article-19 of UNCRPD, 2006 at its core.


COVID-19 & lockdown led to  severe effect on mental health

21 year-old Ramila (pseudonym) tried to take her own life during this lockdown situation. She experienced mental health condition from a very long time and attempted suicide for many times. However, her condition was improving and she was under medication and counseling services before the lockdown. She was working as a receptionist in an office and was happy with her job. She was recovering but the crisis situation changed everything. She used to stay alone in a rented room in Kathmandu.

Fate can wait/ ex-beneficiaries becomes KOSHISH staff

I, Urmila Thapa, resident of Mahalakshmi municipality ward no.9 am quite well after treatment and psychosocial support from KOSHISH. At present I work here at KOSHISH as a care giver. I cannot say that I know everything there is but I try and deliver best services that I am capable of to the other beneficiaries at KOSHISH. There are still many things I am yet to learn. The KOSHISH’s staffs are always there to guide me in my journey towards a new life. I am very happy and grateful to KOSHISH. However; my life was not sorted as it seems now.