17 November 2017, Friday. Kathmandu.
IMHCN2018 had a great and productive day with full of learning sharing. It organized a ‘Pre-Conference Seminar’ with an interesting presentations and discussions and with involvement of 56 – international delegates and IMHCN team members. It welcomed representatives from Australia Nepal Mental Health Network (ANMHN), Himal Partner, FORUT (Norwegian aid organization), TEAR Australia, Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) India as its international delegates for the event.
Giving a real sense to the theme of the conference, i.e. ‘Coming Together for Mental Health’, Ms. Niva Shakya started the event with an interesting introduction of individuals present in the event hall.
Giving it a continuation, Director of Primary Health Care Revitalization Division (PHCRD)*, and also the Chairperson of IMHCN2018 – Mr. Bhogendra Raj Dotel welcomed all individuals.
In order to briefly introduce IMHCN2018 and it’s updates till date, General Secretary – Dr. Rishav Koirala put forward few words about it.
Mrs. Heidi Westborg Steel from the Himal Partner concisely shared about works of Himal Partner in Mental Health along with mental well-being in Nepal. She also pointed at the need for collaboration between various sectors to push the Mental Health agenda in Nepal as well as in international arena; and wished for the success of IMHCN2018. After this, six presentations were done by the national and international delegates sharing about the various aspects of and approach in Mental Health national wide and in an international platform.
The topics focused and discussed on the event were:
- Roles of NGOs in Mental Health – Dr. Pashupati Mahat
- Between hope and despair : The mental health and quality of life of caregivers of neurodeveopmental disabled children in rural Nepal – Dr. Hans Kristian Maridal
- Therapeutic Factors in Groups – Mrs. Ellen Hagemo
- Progress on a Trial Implementation of CIRCUITS – an internet based cognitive remediation program for people with schizophrenia – Mr. Peter Warren
- Mental Health Practices in Nepal – Dr. Mita Rana and Dr. Rishav Koirala
- Leadership is Key: Changing the Way We Work with People who have Severe and Persistent Mental Illness – Mrs. Robyn Murray
* Primary Health Care Revitalization Division (PHCRD) is the unit of the government body under Ministry of Health-Department of Health Services. It is the focal unit for Mental Health Programme of Nepal.