KOSHISH in coordination with the Health Division, Ministry of Social Development, Gandaki Province organized a Consultation Workshop on Suicide Prevention at Pokhara on 10 November 2020. The main objective of the program was to establish a multi-sectoral collaborative framework to reduce suicidal behavior prevalent in Pokhara Metropolitan city.
Altogether 36 participants from multiple sectors attended the program. The program was chaired by Director of Gandaki Province Health Directorate Mr. Binod Bindu Sharma. Similarly, the Mayor Man Bahadur G.C. from Pokhara Metropolitan City was a chief guest and as a guest, Dr. Ram Bahadur K.C. from Ministry of Social Development, Health Division attended the program. During the program Gandaki Province Police Department presented the information related to suicide., Mr. Sambhu Prasad Gyawali, Chief of Policy, Law & Planning, Public Health Division, Ministry of Social Development briefed about the initiation, action and planning related to suicide prevention. He stressed that only 1% of the total health budget is allocated in the field of mental health, therefore, it is essential for the government to consider mental health also as an essential component of well being for which budget allocaton is a prerequisite to reduce the suicidal behavior . Additionally, he highlighted the importance of collaborative effort in developing a cost-effective intervention that has potential to address common psychosocial issues. Mr. Matrika Devkota, Executive Director of KOSHISH contextualized the suicidal behavior by voicing his experience related to a suicide attempt. Further, he urged all the relevant stakeholders to develop a listening culture, which is fundamental in providing emotional support to a person in distress. Thereafter, Psychologist Mr. Saroj Simkhada presented the multi-sectoral collaborative framework of KOSHISH to give insight on mental health and psychosocial support mechanism for suicide prevention. At the end of the program, representatives from different agencies such as human rights, police department, National Federation of the Disabled-Nepal, Community Based Organizations and government authorities provided verbal commitment to play their active role in coming together for suicide prevention.