KOSHISH, National Mental Health Self-Help Organization / Organization of Persons with Disability (OPD), established in 2008, is breaking the silence and amplifying voices of persons with mental health condition and psychosocial disability for inclusion of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) within and beyond the health system (There are many factors which contribute towards poor mental health which includes poverty, employment opportunities, education, violence, nutrition, awareness, stigma and discrimination to name a few. It requires multisectoral collaboration to address these factors if we are to envision good mental health and wellbeing. But, mental health has not even been prioritized within the Ministry of Health. Therefore, there is a need to not just mainstream mental health in Ministry of Health and Population but also in other ministries which deals with issues relating to children, women, employment, violence, disability etc. if we are to promote good mental health) and elimination of barriers that restrict participation and inclusion on an equal basis with others.
KOSHISH promotes full compliance with UNCRPD (UNCRPD Article-3: Basic Principles: The principles of the present Convention shall be: Everyone is free to make their own choices. No one should be discriminated against. Disabled people should be effectively included in the society like everyone else.) to ensure rights of persons with mental health condition and psychosocial disability and focuses on a person centered right based approach to model community mental health services that is replicable by the government and other stakeholders.