A rally was organised here in the Capital on Wednesday on the occasion of the World Mental Health Day. The rally was started from Bhadrakali and reached Basantapur after going through various places including Martyr's Gate and New Road.
This year's World Mental Health Day is being celebrated under the slogan "Depression a World-wide Challenge" to create public awareness about 'Depression' and to wipe out misconceptions about the disease.
On the occasion, various organisations associated to mental health said that the state should move ahead by making strategic concepts based on community for the treatment of integrated mental health service.
They expressed worries over non-protection of rights including discriminatory behavior to patients suffering from mental diseases, hiding mental health problems in the society as far as possible and not getting treatment and care.
Director at the Mental Hospital, Lagankhel, Dr. Surendra Sherchan, urged the government to bring a separate law related to mental health to provide rightful health services to patients suffering from mental problems.
Around 350 million people are victims of mental problems in the world and around one million people commit suicide every year due to the reason, it is learnt.
Around 10- 20 per cent population have been suffering from one or the other type of mental problems in Nepal.