Program Schedule:

                                         International Mental Health Conference Nepal 2018 (IMHCN2018)

                                                Day 1: 16th February 2018
8:15 – 09:00 Registration and Tea
9:00 – 10:00  

Opening Ceremony

Dias seating:

1.     Chief guest: Honorable Minister, Deepak Bohara, Ministry of Health

2.     Chair of Conference: Secretary, Dr. Puspa Chaudhary, Ministry of Health

3.     Guest : Honorable Member, Mohana Ansari, National Human Rights Commission

4.     Guest: HE Peter Budd, Australian Ambassador to Nepal

5.     Guest: HE Lasse Bjørn Johannessen, Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal

6.     Guest: Dr. Jos Vandelaer, Country Representative WHO

7.     Guest: Mr. Sushil Raj Pyakurel, Chief Specialist, MoH

8.     Guest: Mr. Binod Man Shrestha: Chief Specialist, MoH

9.     Conference Organizing Committee Chair: Mr. Bhogendra Raj Dotel, PHCRD Director

Inauguration proceedings:

I.     National Anthem

II.     Song: Right Holders

III.     Welcome Remarks with Reflection on Conference Objectives:

Mr. Bhogendra Raj Dotel (Chair: Organizing Committee & Director: PHCRD)

IV.     Key Note Address on “Mental Health and Psychosocial situation in Nepal”:

a.     Dr. Arun Kunwar

b.    Dr. Shishir Subba

V.     Remarks by:

a.     His Excellency Mr. Peter Budd, Australian Ambassador to Nepal

b.    His Excellency Mr. Lasse Bjørn Johannessen, Norwegian Ambassador to Nepal

VI.     Remarks by: Honorable Member, Mohana Ansari, National Human Rights Commission

VII.     Inaugural Remarks by: Chief Guest

VIII.     Remarks by: Chair of Inauguration program

Handover to General Secretary, IMHCN2018 for the continuation  of Conference proceedings

10:00 – 10:30 TEA BREAK
10:30 – 12:00 Presentation on “Current Updates on Mental Health Policy”

Discourse on Mental Health Act Draft and Policy Implementation:

(Moderator, Dr. Kedar Marahatta)


Presentation by PHCRD Director on the policy and legislation in Nepal



1)     Dr. Shree Krishna Giri, PPICD Chief, Ministry of Health

2)     Honorable Member Mohana Ansari, National Human Right Commission

3)     Dr. Saro j P. Ojha, Head, Department of Psychiatry& Mental health, Institute of Medicine

4)     Mr. Matrika Devkota, People with mental health and psychosocial disability and right activist

12:00 – 12:30  

Presentation and Call for “English Mental Health Terminology Translation and Validation into Nepali”

Dr. Rishav Koirala

12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
13:30 – 14:00 Keynote Lecture: Dr. Suraj B. Thapa
14:00 – 14:20 Invited speaker: Dr. Patrice Moulton

“The Status of Mental Health as a Profession in Nepal”


14:20 – 14:30 Break

Parallel Session 1

Moderator: Prof.Dr. Mahendra K. Nepal

Parallel Session 2

Moderator : Dr. Arun Kunwar

14:30 – 14:45 Comparison between contents of Mental Health Act  1987 with that of Mental Health Care Act 2017

(Dr. Vaishali Dinesh Tendolkar)

School Based TeacherCorps Program for Children’s Mental Health Promotion in Arghakhanchi District of Nepal

(Mahesh Prasad Joshi)


14:45 – 15: 00

The effectiveness of mental health services in primary care in Nepal: Results from PRIME studies

(Prasansa Subba)

Anxiety and Depression in Parents of Children with Childhood Disorders

(Dr. Jaisri Moothedath)

15:00 – 15:15 Challenges and strategies for integrated mental health system processes in Nepal

(Ruja Pokhrel)

Understanding psychosocial and mental health needs of Harwa and Charuwa bonded labourers in South-Eastern Nepal

(Dr. Pashupati Mahat)

15:15 – 15:30 Tea Break
15:30 – 16:00 Special Talk by Right Holders on “Emerging out of Mental Illness”

Ms. Nirmala Pariyar and Ms. Urmila Bhyad

Parallel Session 1

Moderator: Ms. Pradipta Kadambari

Parallel Session 2

Moderator: Dr. Nimisha Kumar

16:00 – 16:15 Improving detection and treatment of persons with mental disorders in community settings: development, validation and evaluation of Community Informant Detection Tool in Nepal

(Pitambar Koirala)

Taking What Is Broken and Becoming Whole Again:  Four Steps to Fierce Resilience

(Lynette Johnson)

16:15 – 16:30 The Role of Social Health Insurance in Mental Health Protection and Promotion in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: a Comparative Analysis of Ghana and India

(Dr. Arun Kumar Tiwari)

Integration of Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) in the Existing Health Care System and Community Settings in the Post-Earthquake Context of Nepal:  A Program Description

(Dr. Kamal Gautam)

16:30 – 16:45 Understanding social dimensions of mental health in Nepal: situation, demands and challenges

(Bidya Maharjan)

Feasibility, Acceptability and Utility of Mental Health Indicators in Existing Health System

(Upasana Regmi)



Day 2: 17th February 2018
9:00 –  9:30  

Keynote Lecture: Prof. Joop de Jong

09:30 – 09:50 Invited speaker, Ingunn Dreyer Ødegaard:

“Salutongenesis: What is health and unhealthy?”

9:50 – 10:00 TEA BREAK

Parallel Session 1

Moderator : Prof. Dr. Saroj P. Ojha

Parallel Session 2

Prof. Dr. Sabitri Sthapit

10:00 – 10:15 Relationship between Intelligence and Impulse control among new entrants of health professional courses

(Dr. Rupali Sarode)

Mental health resources and financing mechanisms in Nepal: identification and assessment of needs and strategies

(Ruja Pokhrel)

10:15 – 10:30 Burnout, its associated factors and job satisfaction among female teachers in Southern Sri Lanka

(Prof. Vijita De Silva)

Depressive Symptoms and Perceived Stress among Estate Rubber Tappers in Southern Sri Lanka

(Hemajith Tharindra)

10:30 – 10:45 Association of Internet Addiction and Alexithymia: A systematic Review

(Dr. Pawan Sharma)

Patterns of Coping Strategies and coping style among school adolescents of Kathmandu: A Cross sectional Study

(Anup Raj Bhandari)

10:45 – 11:00


A retrospective study of EEG findings from a tertiary care center

(Dr. Sulochana Joshi)

A study of emotional well-being and coping of adolescents living in child care homes of Kathmandu Valley

(Sujan Shrestha)

11:00 – 11:10



Tea Break


11:10 – 11:40


Slam Poetry

11:40 – 12:10 Keynote Lecture: Dr. Peter Norton
12: 10 – 12:30 Invited Speaker, Dr. Nimisha Kumar: “CBT for Anxiety and Depression”
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH
Parallel Session 1

Moderator : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Suraj B. Thapa

Parallel Session 2

Moderator: Prof.Dr. Rabi Shakya

13:30 – 13:45 Prevalence of Depression among Imprisoned Women at a Central Jail

(Leela Khanal)

A Comparative Study on Automatic Thoughts and Hopelessness among Depressive and Anxiety Disorder.

(Pratibha Maharjan)

13:45 – 14:00 Opioid Substitution Therapy in Nepal: Ten years of country experience.

(Dr. Sagun Ballav Pant)

Emotional reactivity and activity and positive mood regulation in bipolar disorder

(Magdalena Nowicka, MałgorzataHanć)

14:00 – 14:15 Understanding barriers to help-seeking and developing innovative strategies for perinatal depression in Chitwan

(Prasansa Subba)

A phenomenological study of Mania

(Dr. Suman Prasad Adhikari)

14:15 – 14:30 Feasibility and acceptability of home-based m-Health sensing technologies to improve early child development interventions in Nepal

(Shristi Rijal)

Personality Disorders among Psychiatric patients at tertiary level hospital in Kathmandu

(Monalisha Pradhan)

14:30 – 15:00          Symposium:  Depression Let’s talk ( Moderator: Dr. Mita Rana)


1.     Dr. Arju Rana Deuba, Former Member of Parliament, Govt. of Nepal.

2.     Dr. Kapil Dev Upadhyaya, Senior Psychiatrist, CMC-Nepal

3.     Mrs. Laxmi Maya Tamang : Psychosocial Counselor, Sindhuli District Hospital, OCMC

4.     Mrs. Padmaha Bhattarai: Senior AHW, Health Post: Megauli, Chitwan

5.     Mrs. Sharada Bhandari: Bagarkot Self Help Group, Dadeldhura and Secretary of District mental health network

15:00 – 15:15          Best Poster Presentation/ Tea Break
15:15 – 15:45         Keynote Lecture: Prof. Sekhar Seshadri
15:45 – 16:05 Invited speaker, Dr. James Courtney:

“Emergence of trauma-related mental health needs in the years following natural disaster.”

Parallel Session 1

Prof. Dr. Lochana Shrestha

Parallel Session 2

Prof. Chandrakala Sharma

16:05 – 16:20 Psychosocial support and maternal mental health: an evaluation from FUSAM project.

(Karine Le Roch)

Who seeks treatment and rehabilitation care for alcohol problems in Nepal? A descriptive clinico-epidemiological study.

(Mr. Bishnu Fueal Sharma)

16:20 – 16:35 Mental health and Psychosocial Problems after Eighteen Months from the Earthquake in Nepal

(Damodar Rimal)

Prevalence of depression among haemodialysis patients at Human Organ Transplant Center, Bhaktapur

(Prabina Karki)

16:35 – 16: 50 Knowledge of schizophrenia and perception towards the stigma of schizophrenia among general population and caregiver in Kathmandu valley

(Stela Shakya)

Psychological well-being among persons with spinal cord injury in Nepal

(Muna Bhattarai)

16:50 –  17:30  

Drama on Mental Health

  • Chaired by: Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Puspa Chaudhary, Government of Nepal
  • Guest – Director General, Dr. Tara Nath Paudel, Department of Health Service
  • Guest – His Excellency: Her Excellency Elisabeth von Capeller, Swiss Ambassador to Nepal
  • Proceeding shared by: Co-chair of the conference
  • Declaration launch by: Health Secretary
  • Dissemination by: General Secretary of the conference
  • Reflection on the conference by: Foreign and Nepali Delegate
  • Remarks by
    • Swiss Ambassador to Nepal
      Director General, DoHS
  • Vote of thanks by: Conference Chair
  • Concluding remarks and closing by: Health Secretary
18: 15 onwards DINNER



Park Village Resort
Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Conference Dates:

16 (Friday) and 17 (Saturday) of February 2018