Positive Impacts : Mental Health

.According to a recent World Health Organisation survey*, globally, the pandemic is increasing demand for mental health services. During the second COVID-19 wave in Nepal, bereavement, isolation, loss of income and fear of COVID-19 related stigma are giving rise to mental health conditions or exacerbating existing ones.

With almost half of Nepali women suffering domestic violence and over one third experiencing emotional abuse, awareness of and access to mental health services in Nepal is vital.

Elijah Counselling and Training Centre

Our partner, Elijah Counselling and Training Centre (ECTC) are experienced in the provision of localized high quality community level mental health services including psycho-social counseling and case identification and referral.

The ECTC office is located in Lalitpur District in the Kathmandu Valley. ECTC’s programs are implemented in five districts across Nepal. The programs focus on both the health and community context and are partnering with communities, hospitals, schools, churches, and social organisations. A key element of the work is in the provision of training, mentoring and support to hospital staff, government health facilities and NGOs working across Nepal.


ECTC aims to:

  • Provide high quality psychosocial counselling services
  • Improve basic psychological care at community level
  • Improve case identification and initiate referral of people with mental and psycho-social problems
  • Enhance Counsellor’s skills through trainings and Supervision
  • Raise awareness and capacity of communities to respond to issues of trauma and stigma – such as those experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Training Curriculum

Since its inception ECTC has been continuously growing. commencing with one training curriculum in Clinical Pastoral Care called ‘Diploma in Pastoral Healing Ministry’. In addition, ECTC developed various curriculums and successfuly delivered trainings on topics like:

  • Communication Skills for Health Professionals
  • Basic Pastoral Care Training for Churches
  • Basic Counselling Skills Training
  • Trauma Counselling for Relief Work
  • Crisis Management
  • Suicide Prevention and Crisis Counselling.


You can you donate to projects like ECTC that support mental health in Nepal by clicking the donate button below and specifying on your donation.



To date, more than 3,500 people across the five districts ECTC engages with have been trained in Counselling and Pastoral Care. An enormous achievement for a small organization officially established in 2009.

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