Ashish Shrestha is Making Mental Health a Priority for School Children in Nepal

In Education, Health, Podcast, Youth by Mary Kurek

Ashish Shrestha is the Executive Director of the Sambhavya Foundation located in Nepal. His mission is to get mental health programming set up in the schools throughout Nepal, and he’s making quite an impact already. His children’s programs and train-the-trainer courses are operating in 27 schools around Kathmandu utilizing volunteers along with ensuring that there are spaces appropriate for counseling. The long-taboo subject of mental health is becoming uncloacked and the stigma removed to create a wellness focus. The difference it is making with the school children is being realized through data and personal commentary. It should be understood that there really wasn’t anything developed in the country focusing on mental health prior to this program, and now that there is, the societal and generational shift in attitude around mental health seems to be where the real impact lies. Ashish shares his mission and where he’s headed with the work he envisions with Frontrunners Innovate host, Mary Kurek.

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