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Kathmandu, October 10

World Mental Health Day was celebrated with the slogan ‘Mental health and senior citizens’ across the country today.
On the occasion, Nepal Mental Health Network organised awareness campaigns, rallies and free health camp. GopalDhakal, General Secretary of Nepal Psychologist Association said, “We focused on senior citizens this year.”

He further said, “A health camp was conducted for senior citizens at Pashupati Old Age Home. Most of them were found suffering from memory disorders and depression. Their self-esteem was very low. They were counselled and provided psychotherapy.”

A free health camp was also organised in Pashupati area and Kirtipur. Eighty persons benefited from the free health camp in pashupati and forty in Kritipur. Most of them were long term anxiety and depression patients. He further said, “There hasn’t been much progress in the field of psychiatric medication in Nepal. The policies developed are not implemented yet.”

Mental problem is a big challenge worldwide. According to World Health Organization, 450 million people are suffering from mental disorders. In Nepal, more than 5 million people are suffering from some or the other mental condition and out of five mental condition, only one has access to treatment.

Source: The Himalayan Times (11th October, 2013)
Compiled by: Suman Thapa

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