Mental Health in Nepal: Observing Media Representation of Celebrity Suicides

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Mental Health Awareness Week is celebrated every year from 14-20 May. During this week, various government and non-government bodies, academic community and mental health practitioners come together to spread awareness on mental health. This year the mental health community is focusing on stress and coping mechanisms.

When it comes to mental health, suicide is one of the most common phenomena, with about 800,000 deaths every year due to suicide. Strikingly, 78% of these suicides happen in low and middle income countries. World Health Organization (WHO) is committed to improve mental health situation globally as Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020 has set the target of reduction of suicide rate in by 10% by 2020.Mental health in Nepal is gradually becoming a major public health problem with about 30% of Nepalis having some psychiatric problems and about 90% of those not being able to access services.