KOSHISH means ‘making an effort’, and is the first mental health self-help organization in Nepal fighting to improve mental health policy, quality of care, and to challenge prejudice and discrimination suffered by people affected by mental illness.

Matrika Devkota, founder of KOSHISH and a leading advocate on mental health issues, says that one of the worst things for people who are suffering mental illness is the stigma attached to the illness purely through ignorance and prejudice.

KOSHISH’s mission is to educate, raise awareness and promote understanding by talking openly about mental illness, proper diagnosis, treatment and counselling, and the importance of family support.

In our first project partnership, enabled by support from Jersey Overseas Aid, DDP provided financial and capacity-building support for KOSHISH to set up Nepal’s first mental health drop-in day centre, which has evolved into a transit centre for mentally ill women made destitute, forced out of homes and marriages through sheer ignorance or helplessness on the part of families. Following their stay, the women are helped to reintegrate back into their families and communities.

Read more about the Women’s Transit Care Centre and please visit it on the Maanch funding platform to find out to how to support its work. It has been an extremely challenging period for vulnerable people everywhere, and Nepal has been ravaged by the latest wave of COVID-19 in 2021.

KOSHISH continues to advocate for mental health services throughout the country and provides toll-free psychosocial support. And KOSHISH is the process of constructing a permanent community-based therapeutic centre as a home for its work.