The Centre for Mental Health and Counselling – Nepal (CMC-Nepal) – is a nonprofit organization providing mental health & psychosocial services.
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CMC’s project seeks to develop greater social connectedness within participating communities by training facilitators to lead community freedom group sessions, where participants explore concepts of psychosocial and emotional wellbeing, encourage community members to share their challenges and consider ways to support each other. The project will also provide assistant supervisors and supervisors with basic skills to diagnose the severity of mental health cases so that they can refer cases to a trained psychosocial counsellor or recommend ways in which the community can support individuals for improved emotional wellbeing.
In a continuation of a prior research grant to Centre for Mental Health and Counselling, the organisation will;
CMC-Nepal will work with a consultant from the Helen Bamber Foundation to carry out a mental health needs assessment in the SE Nepal hotspot area. The research will focus on assessing the needs of individuals affected by bonded labour, more specifically of bonded Haruwa and Charuwa labourers who are taking action to become free. This research will inform the development of therapeutic approaches and tools to be used by NGO field staff (non-clinicians) who are assisting bonded labourers in these communities to move towards freedom.
CMC is also providing urgent mental health support following the earthquake, through forming groups of individuals severely affected (reaching approximately 200 people). They will carry out several intervention sessions with the groups, and these groups will also identify severely traumatised survivors (approximately 100 people) in their communities who should be referred to CMC clinics or other centres.