An Initiative in Suicide Prevention: Best Practices, Challenges and Lessons Learnt from Nepal
Parbati Shrestha, Sita Maya Thing Lama, Rambabu Nepal
Published on: 9 September 2021
Abstract: Suicide is a major problem at the current time in Nepal. Although suicide needs a multisectoral and comprehensive response, it is challenging to work in a community where mental health and psychosocial support are not available or are limited. These challenges are related to the lack of mental health services in the community, lack of awareness and help-seeking behaviours, and interpretation of suicide as a consequence of social problems. Drawing on the local experience of working in the community to the national level, we recommend some best practices on behalf of Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal to overcome these challenges and to improve the outcomes in our mental health and psychosocial support response to the suicide prevention programme.
Keywords: community, media campaign, suicide, suicide prevention