After completion of MBS (Master in Business Studies), I entered the Psychosocial field, an isolated area as a CPSW(Community Psychosocial Worker) through Integrated Community Development Campaign (ICDC) Nepal. I started to work at my own Benighat VDC and neighbor VDCs Gajuri, Mahadevsthan and Jogimara after basic level training about psychosocial problems and support. After around eight months of my professional experience, I got a golden opportunity to attend ‘Six Month Psychosocial Counseling Training’ (CTEVT 780 hour course) organized by Trans Cultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) and funded by International Medical Corps (IMC). The training was very fruitful because of positive and open attitude of facilitators, knowledge of subject matter, facilitation skill, and availability of study materials. Moreover, it was a combination of both theoretical and practical based training which enhanced my behavioral knowledge and capacity for psychosocial counseling profession. Since a year, I have been detecting cases, providing basic level counseling and home base care refereeing cases for higher care and following up cases. Additionally, after completion of six month training I have been providing even advance counseling. In conclusion, psychosocial is a very complex matter than it seems. Lastly, I would like to thank my organization ICDC Nepal, TPO Nepal and IMC for these epic and memorable experiences.
A month back one young adult male patient came to me. He was totally frustrated and wanted to end his life. He also told me about his difficulty with sleep, appetite, energy and was diagnosed to have moderate depression. He was started on antidepressants and counseling was also done. And within a matter of 4 weeks he proudly said that he no longer had suicidal thoughts and could carry out his responsibilities properly. Thus a life was saved, in fact whole family was saved, I must say. As a doctor saving a life is my greatest achievement and this time it was possible due to MHPSS program conducted by ICDC Nepal. 9 day long prescriber’s training made me a good counselor and almost a mini-psychiatrist who can easily handle the psychiatric cases visiting District Hospital. Further with support of our trainers and psychosocial counselors we have been able to bring about change in many people’s life and only handful of psychiatric cases are referred from our hospital. Now if more effort could be applied to bring awareness among people about mental diseases then the number of smiling faces in our community will rise in no time.
Dr. Bibisha Baniya
District Hospital, Dhading