Meeting mental health needs in Jammu and Kashmir

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What We Do

MSF has been providing free, high-quality counselling to people affected in the valley since 2001. Currently, our teams provide counselling services at hospitals in four districts: Baramulla, Shopian, Pulwama and Srinagar. To combat the stigma associated with mental illness, MSF teams also raise
awareness on the importance of mental health and the need for availability of mental health services in the valley.

Years of conflict in Jammu and Kashmir have taken a toll on people’s mental health in the state. According to a survey conducted by MSF in 2015, nearly 1.8 million adults (45% of the adult population) in the Kashmir Valley show symptoms of significant mental distress. This is compounded by the stigma associated with mental illness.

In 2020

We continued to provide counselling services through four district hospitals in the Kashmir division.

Additionally, we provided phone counselling services due to movement restrictions associated with the COVID-19 epidemic.

counselling sessions conducted
patients (26%) were first-time visitors
0 %
first-time visitors were women
0 %
patients belonged to the age group 15-30 years
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