Community Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Program (CMHPSS)

Basic services and security

Our approach focuses on mainstreaming mental health and psychosocial issues in government, non-government organizations and interested stakeholders to view psychosocial issues as a topic of extreme importance. We advocate for the implementation of laws and policies that are more in line with Human Rights as well the UNCRPD. In addition to the government we work to sensitize people at the community level to reduce stigma, false beliefs and misconceptions regarding mental health and psychosocial issues.

Community and family supports

Our approach focuses on contributing to make community based psychosocial support systems more accessible to persons experiencing psychosocial issues, their families, and community members. This will both include services as well as informative programs being available at the community level. Furthermore at the community level we develop and promote referral mechanisms for persons with psychosocial issues, to properly refer them to services that can assist them in rehabilitation and reintegration. We supply support with the initiation of Self Help Groups, school programs, livelihood and income generation programs.

Focused non-specialized supports

Our approach is to develop non-specialized support systems at the community level that can be accessed by persons experiencing psychosocial issues or their family members. To do this we first set out to identify and mobilize non-specialized service providers in the community, and supply them with training on identification of mental health issues and referral, sensitization and promotion of mental health and psychosocial issues at the community level.

Specialized services

Our approach is to provide access and referral to specialized psychiatric and psychological services to persons experiencing severe psychosocial issues, and to assist them in their rehabilitation and reintegration. We have placed psychiatric Out Patient Department (OPD) in the project area and where the persons with mental health condition can receive diagnostic mental health services or even referred the severe cases to the higher psychiatric facilities or rehabilitation services. After the rehabilitation we work to reintegrate them back into their community by initiating psychoeducation programs at the community level to help sensitize people on how to properly support people with psychosocial disabilities.

Current programs

KOSHISH has been implementing Community Mental Health and Psychosocial Support programs in Tanahun, Gorkha and Lamjung district of the Gandaki Province in partnership with CBM. The overall objective of the programs are to improve access to quality mental health and psychosocial support services and quality of life of persons living with mental health condition and psychosocial disability in collaboration with local governments. The programs are intended to support the development of a sense of ownership by the community and government agencies that provide sustainability to the program.

After the successful completion of the 5 years pilot project in Tanahu district in 2019, the next phase with whole coverage model of the intervention has been extended from 2020.  The Inclusive Community Mental Health Program in Gorkha and Lamjung districts was started in 2019 for 5 years.

Key intervention area of the projects