Jumla Mental Health Project is a five year project funded by Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. The overall aim of this project is to assure that evidence-based, high quality, culturally appropriate mental health services are accessible to the residents in Jumla.
This project is also working in close collaboration with District Health Office (DHO) and Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS), Primary Health Care Centers (PHCs), sub-health posts and different schools of Jumla District. It is in close partnership with US based non profit organization, Heart Mind International (HMI). The major activities include clinical services (counseling and therapy), family and community-based counseling, community-based activities and research on mental health and psychosocial issues.
Since the establishment of the counseling centers in Jumla in 2013, and at the outpatient department (OPD) at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) in 2015, 164 people have been provided mental health service through the center as well as through home visits, school counseling and counseling at the One Step Crisis Management Center (OCMC). The center has also been providing awareness classes among different groups, including school children and mothers. Different research activities have also been conducted and are ongoing in Jumla. Studies on the development of an intervention for men’s mental health in rural Nepal, the impact of climate change on women’s mental health in Jumla, and adaptation of dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for suicide prevention were conducted in 2014. Currently, studies on suicide and suicide surveillance, along with a third wave of an epidemiological study (previously conducted in 2000 and 2007) are being conducted.