Aashadeep Nepal was established in 1991 as a non-profit and non-governmental, voluntary social organization. It started its work in partnership with the Sisters of Nazareth to release men and women who were in jail solely due to their mental illness. No hospital facility could accommodate their needs. In addition, families of such patients had wrong ideas about mental illness due to widespread misunderstanding and stigma in the community. Therefore, these families viewed putting their loved ones in jail as the only alternative to struggling to manage their behaviours at home. Their living conditions in jail were appalling: they were treated inhumanely and had no access to psychiatric treatment.
Agreement with the Directorate of Jail Administration in 1994 to stop the imprisonment of mentally ill people without criminal offences in jails of Kathmandu valley.
34 out of the 46 mentally ill women from the prison were treated and rehabilitated in the first year.
Aashadeep Nepal's Vision
Aashadeep Nepal has remained dedicated to those with mental illness and extended its services over 25 years in order to reach more people impacted by mental health and work towards the vision of a healthy society where all can live with dignity, justice and respect.
- To treat people with mental health problems and rehabilitate them
- To provide psycho social support to family of mentally affected
- To educate people on the importance of mental health
- To motivate people to live with dignity and respect
Areas of work
- Residential Program
- Day Care Program
- Outreach Program
- Family/guardian counselling
- Family Welfare
- Public Awareness