KOSHISH is a right holder’s organization in the area of mental health and psychosocial disability. We have been asking as well as demanding for inherent dignity of people with mental health issue and psychosocial disability to be protected and promoted. Following the human right based model, we consider people to be at the center with the right to choose options and choices put forward by service providers. ‘Nothing about us, without us’.

Advocacy and Awareness

Capacity Building of People with Mental Health Problems and Psychosocial Issues for Self-advocacy

Empowerment of persons with mental health and psychosocial issues through peer support and skill development programs to raise their voice demanding for their rights against duty bearers.

Media Sensitization

Mobilize and sensitize the media on creating awareness amongst general public and concerned stakeholders and pressurizing the government to prioritize mental health and psychosocial disabilities in policies, plans and programs.

Meaningful Participation

As an expert in this field and issue we want to cooperate with professional but demand for meaningful participation and not tokenism. We want to be included from the planning process to until every process of implementation, monitoring & evaluation.

Adoption and implementation of policies and program which are useful for people as according to their choice without compromising quality

Raising voice for the shift in the approach with duty bearers (policy and program implementers) from the dominant charity based and medical model to more holistic human rights based approach to mental health and psychosocial issues based on international human rights standards and its effective implementation.

Right based approach

Persons with mental health issues are considered as subjects with autonomy and dignity and not as mere objects. They are the right holders demanding with duty bearers (the state party). We respect differences and acceptance of persons with psychosocial disability as part of human diversity and humanity.

Legal Reform (Public Interest Litigation)

Public Interest Litigation (PIL) is one of the most vital tools to reform the law through Judiciary. KOSHISH files PIL’s for the protection and promotion of human rights against existing discriminatory legal provisions, derogative words in laws, present barriers to equality in society, and inhumane treatment.