Nepalese woman and child

Elijah Counselling and Training Centre responds to mental health crisis

According to a recent World Health Organisation survey*, the pandemic is increasing demand for mental health services worldwide. 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 grown considerably, offering Clinical Pastoral Care and curriculum including:
*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.

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