UN Psychology Day Celebrated in Nepal

United Nations Psychology Day was celebrated for the first time in Nepal. It was a concentrated effort of the students and the professionals of Psychology to promote psychology in Nepal. The program saw a participation of about 60 people mainly from the Psychology field. The program started at 4:30 PM at Maitighar Mandala and ended with the rally and assembly at Shanti Batika, Ratnapark.

This is the 10 th edition of Psychology Day observed by the UN with this year’s theme: ‘Promoting Well-being in the 21st Century: Psychological Contributions for Social, Economic, and Environmental Challenges’, although, it’s the first time Nepal observed the day. The program concluded with the gathering at Shanti Batika where several speakers talked about Psychology in Nepal and its importance as a whole and the need to get united for the betterment of the field.

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group picture of the participants of the event (Photo credit: Mitesh Shrestha)

The key speakers included the psychologists Dr. Narendra Thaguna, Mr. Padam Raj Joshi, Mr. Basu Acharya and Mr. Gopal Dhakal.  Dr. Narendra Thaguna said that the programs such as this should happen regularly in Nepal and he showed his personal commitment to take the initiative to improvise the program the next time. Mr Padam Raj Joshi, lecturer of Psychology, said that the future of Psychology in Nepal was very bright and emphasised on the need to train our body through our mind. Mr. Basu Acharya told the psychologists first to increase one’s competitiveness to make psychology practically applicable in everybody’s lives. And lastly Mr. Gopal Dhakal emphasised the importance of policy and the national campaign to increase the awareness on psychosocial issues.

The program was confluence of the young and old generation of psychologist as the program was heavily participated by the students of Masters from Central Department of Psychology, Trichandra College and Padma Kanya Campus. Likewise there were some students of bachelors level and also the professionals working in several organizations. Other notable personalities in the program were counsellor and lecturer Tara Adhikari and Clinical Psychologist Sujita Baniya .

Marching together for Psychology
Marching together for Psychology

From the younger generation, the newly elected CAPS (Central Association of Psychology Students) president, Ms Sandhya Khatiwada spoke about the need to continuously engage in the psychological issues by the younger generation. Mr Amardeep Guragain  voiced his concern to include the spiritualism and the domain of organizational psychology in the mainstream of Psychology in Nepal. Ms Kripa Sigdel and Mr Sujan Shrestha collectively emphasised the need for the young psychologists to get united in one front to put moral pressure on the older generation to form one authentic umbrella organization of Psychology in Nepal. The program was jointly hosted by Ms Kripa Sigdel, Mr. Suman Sharma Poudel and Mr. Piyush Gautam.

The biggest takeaway of the program was the realization by the young psychologists to get united in one front leaving their personal egos aside. This program  has been successful to initiate a culture of collaboration among the stakeholders of psychology as this program was not organized in the banner of one organization or institution but in the love of Psychology.

Some of the pictures from the program ( photos credit: Mitesh Shrestha) :

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Psychology and Mental Health Celebrated

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At inauguration!

 

Psych Youth Mela-2016 was the joint effort of the Master’s level students of Padmakanya Multiple campus, Central Department of Psychology, Tribhuvan university and Trichandra Multiple Campus which was held at Padmana Kanya Multiple Campus on Saturday 24 September, 2016. The event was conceptualized and designed by Psychbigyaan Network Nepal-PNN.

The 3 different campuses where Psychology is taught in post-graduate level showcased various demonstrations, exhibitions, psychological experiments, psychological assessments, mental health information desk and many more. Like wise many other organizations like RhythmNeuro Psychiatry Hospital, Tribhuvan University teaching hospital, Ankur counseling and training center, Counseling Psychology and Social Studies College (CPSSC), The relief trust, Gestalt in Nepal and many other organizations/groups had the stalls where they could directly communicate with visitors. 35 different informational stalls were installed in the event.

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A stall showcasing Psychological Demonstrations..
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35 more stalls all around with many information and psychological and youthful demonstrations

 

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One of the Psychological Assessment happening…In picture : Piyush, MA TU.

Likewise, ‘Relaxation Room’, ‘Stress Management Room’, ‘Psych Videos Show’, ‘Hypnosis Demonstration’ were happening in individual demonstration rooms.

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Hypnosis was live demonstrated to visitors who were interested in one of the room in the Mela.

The formal program was from 11 AM to 4 PM. The program was initiated after the inauguration by lighting the light by Assistant Dean of Tribhuvan University Proj. Dr. Rajkumar Panday, followed by the Welcome note by Program Coordinator (Click Here for ‘Welcome note by Program Coordinator’) and short speeches by Prof. Dr, Santa Niraula (Central Department of Psychology, TU), Assistant Prof. Kishor Thapa (Department Head, PK Campus), Assistant Prof. Dr. Mita Rana (Department Head, Psychology, TU). And the inauguration program was concluded by Prof. Dr. Renuka Joshi, Campus Chief of Padmakanya Multiple Campus.

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Formal Inauguration by Ass. Dean. Dr. Rajkumar Panday, TU which was accompanied by Psychology Department Heads of TU, PK and RR Campus along with Campus chief of PK campus

 

 

 

More than 2000 visitors visited all the stalls and the event throughout the day from 11 AM. The program was designed in such a way that poets, drama performers, singers, dancers could exhibit their talent in between the event. This let our visitors be refreshed by the performances throughout the day. Likewise, the fun highlight of the event was when informal program started at 4 PM with concert from PaSapi Band. It lasted from 4 PM to 6 PM which helped all the visitors, event management team and our stall-exhibitors get refreshed with the band’s musical performance.
The program’s themes were  ‘Let’s Talk-Let’s care’ and ‘Let’s Celebrate Psychology’ which reflected the celebration of Psychology in a fun fulfilling way and to generate as much as awareness possible regarding mental health amongst the youths.

'Band-PaSapi- performing and our dear audiences enjoying and grooving in the music after 4 PM. The sight was mesmerizing!
‘Band-PaSapi- performing and our dear audiences enjoying and grooving in the music after 4 PM.
The sight was mesmerizing!

 

 

Even Department Heads cannot stop grooving with students while ending the program. In picture (In sari), Ass. Prof Kishor Thapa and Minarva Jonche, (Depart Head and MA coordinator, PK campus)
Even Department Heads cannot stop grooving with students while ending the program.
In picture (In sari), Ass. Prof Kishor Thapa and Minarva Jonche, (Depart Head and MA coordinator, PK campusHere is the link of one of the performances in between the formal program : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5vlMRkgMek
Some Audiences enjoying the performance while other visitors visiting the stalls for information.
Some Audiences enjoying the performance while other visitors visiting the stalls for information.

We believe the motive to gather all the interested youths in psychology and engage them by showcasing ‘what is happening in the field of Psychology to visitors’ and ‘celebrate Psychology’ were successful.

Many students who were studying Psychology in various institutions and who were the visitors of the event have given good positive feedback. They told us that this kind of event was the first one which they witnessed. They added that the major highlight was amalgamation of information and performances which was happening for the first time in Nepal in Psychology/Mental Health.
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We believe the trend to Celebrate Psychology will be followed every year. Let’s get connected to talk more about this subject. And Let’s get connected to explore this subject.

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All the photos of the events are uploaded here. Click Here-For Album 1   (Photo Credits: Pema Sherpa)

Click Here for the Album-2  (Photo Credits: Bharat Sunar, Padam Raj Joshi, Nikhil Bista, Bikash Rai and many other friends)

And the program is covered in the radio episode  of Manojigyasa: A radio initiative in Psychology and Mental Health. Click Here for the Radio Episode

One Day Seminar on ‘Contemporary Researches in Nepal’ concluded successfully

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Nepalese Psychology Association (NPA) had organized ‘One Day Seminar on Contemporary Researches in Nepal’ at Padma Kanya Campus, Baagbazaar. The program lasted from 11:30-4:00 PM on the presence of more than 250 Psychology enthusiasts including Psychology students, teachers, professionals and who were interested in Psychology and Mental Health.
The program was initiated byProf. Dr. Sabitri Sthapit  and inaugurated by the rector of Tribhuwan University, Sudha Subedi and the chief guest Prof. Dr. Neelam Raj Sharma.

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During inauguration remark Prof. Dr. Neelam Raj Sharma, Assistant Dean OF Central Department, stressed on how the subject of Psychology getting accepted in all the colleges and subject choices in different colleges. Likewise various speakers highlighted how Psychology is getting into light and how much importance it has in our everyday life to the professional careers. Overall the panelists chairing the program emphasized on the need of such programs which motivated researchers and young minds to enhance the knowledge in Psychology. They emphasized on bridging the gap between theoretical and practical aspects which will ensure the charm of Psychology as an art of ‘studying mind’ and science of ‘objectifying the study of mind’ to be continued in the future.
Then, after tea-Lunch Break, the major highlight of the program started, that is ‘Paper Presentations’ which were selected to be presented in the program.

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The first session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Santa Niraula, Head of Psychology Department, TU, where 4 papers were presented.
1) ‘Feasibility Study on Development of Children’s Emotional and behavioral problem checklist’ . By Suraj Shakya & Sunita Shrestha
2) ‘Ethnic Self-Labeling Among Nepalese Adolescents’ by Sandesh Dhakal
3) ‘Bibliography of Psychological Research in Nepal’ by Sujen Man Maharjan
4) ‘Survey on Psychological Well-being and perceived organizational support in the aftermath of Nepal Earthquake’ by Yubaraj Adhikari.
The session ended after the ‘Question and Answer Round’ where participants could Q & A with the researchers and Dr. Niraula ending the first session congratulating and thanking presenters.

The second session was chaired by Prof Dr. Mita Rana, Psychology Department Head of TUTH, where 4 papers were presented.
1) ‘Prevalence of PTSD and its Influencing Factors Among the Government School Teachers After Nepal Earthquake 2015’ by Ganesh Amgain
2) ‘Possibility of Mental Illness in Adults Affected by Gorkha Earthquake in Tudikhel Camp- A Survey’ by Sujan Shrestha
3) ‘Home and Health Adjustment Among College Students with Their Locale of Five Development Region’ by Padam Raj Joshi
4) ‘Adolescents’ Concern non Problems with their Parents’ by Khem Raj Bhatta

The session ended after the ‘Question and Answer Round’ where participants could Q & A with the researchers and Dr. Rana ending the first session congratulating and thanking presenters.

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Here, the program ended on a good note of success of the program, NPA thanking all the participants and ensuring more of such programs in future.
Apart from the experience of good research articles and information regarding various topics and issue, another experience that hit us hard during presentation was ‘Sudden jolt in the midst of presentation of presenter Sujan Shrestha when he was talking how Gorkha Earthquake had made him understand about Psychological First Aid (PFA)’. It was good experience when everyone were again calming down each other after jolt and the session was back with the flow again. After the completion of the program, we got to know the jolt was aftershock of 4.6 rectors at Sindhupalchowk.

The president of NPA Prof. Dr. Sabitri Sthapit said  that the program was very much successful in its objectives and assured NPA would bring many programs and organize paper presentation in the specific theme  in the future .

In a nutshell, the program was very much effective. And we, as Psychology enthusiast, hope to have these kinds of programs again and very often, so that the small circle of Psych-interested would outgrow and we all get to learn and present what we have learnt fearlessly. This will add to the field of Psychology to make it as accepted and important as it has to be.

Psycbigyaan Felicitated for its Post Earthquake Initiatives

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Jawlakhel, 24 April  2016

On the occasion 1st anniversary of the devastating 2015 Gorkha Earthquake that shook Nepalses from Inside, Psychbigyaan Network Nepal was felicitated with the certificate of Appreciation for its post earthquake initiative, by the Government of  of Nepal, Gobal Peace Foundation Nepal,  United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and Global Young Leaders Academy. The award was given to 12 influential organizations. And PNN was one of the short-listed organization. The award was given in the program, APPDSA , Asia Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance organized by GPF Nepal with the Government of Nepal and various other government institutions and NGOs and INGOs.

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PNN had done several post earthquake initiatives. They are listed in the link below:

“We Listen” Came to an Successful End in Tundikhel

ToT on Post Crisis Pychological Care

PSYCHBIGYAAN FOR EARTHQUAKE

Along with these activities Psychbigyaan went to the government schools for psycho education on resiliency and stress management. It has also conducted a survey on the possible psychiatric cases that might be developed after the impact of the earthquake. The research will be made public soon after sometime.

Psychbigyaan team is truly motivated by this felicitation. Lots of things are needed to be done on many aspects. It is imperative to have a follow up or continuous psychosocial services and programs as the critical period for developing mental conditions and illness due to the earthquake is not yet over and also to make people mentally prepared for such future disasters.

 

 

Suicide among teenage girls soaring up

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This BBC report presents the picture of the suicide rate among the teenage girls world wide. It has posed a huge risk as it counts for more death than the maternal death during pregnancy complications. The main reason for committing and trying to commit suicide is due to depression. The suicide rate is found very high in youths from marginalised community and low socio-economic background. It is suggested that opening up without any fear or shame is the best way forward to tackle the problem. The link to the detail report (in Nepali) is given below:

http://www.bbc.com/nepali/news/2015/12/151202_100_women_i_was_disconnected

WARNING BELL RINGS

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According to the police report, the recent suicide rate has gone up in the valley after the quake. Comparing the suicide cases before and after the quake has shown this trendz. The month of Baisakh and Jestha after the quake has seen 36 and 31 suicides respectively.  Police has interesring analysis of the suicide cases. Police has attributed the cause of the increase in the suicide to the aftermath of the quake. This is the warning bell and its the right time to intervene to provide psycho-socio support to the most affected people.

For detailed news click on the news link below:
http://setopati.com/chapa-bata/30440/