On Thursday, January 24th, two representatives from Koshish Nepal visited Lincoln School to talk about mental health. Koshish is the first mental health organization in Nepal whose management is led by beneficiaries themselves, also known as “self-advocates”. Mr. Matrika Devkota, the founder of Koshish, and Ms. Kamala both shared their personal compelling stories in order to help us understand the reality of living with mental illness in Nepal. Koshish believes that providing self-advocates with a platform can break the silence and stigma associated with mental health by empowering those who have experienced and recovered from mental illness first-hand.
During the presentation, Mr. Devkota encouraged us to prioritize our overall wellbeing by talking to trusted family, friends, and/or teachers when we are experiencing distress.
On behalf of the Lincoln School “Movember” men and the High School Student Council initiative “Wear It Pink”, Mr. Sam Davis presented Koshish Nepal with a donation of 40,000 rupees. This money that was fundraised by students and staff was donated to recognize and support the important work that Koshish is doing to rehabilitate people suffering from mental illnesses in Nepal.
Please visit koshishnepal.org to learn more.