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Friday, February 1, 2008

A Study to Identify the Appropriate Mass Communication Media for Awareness Raising of Positive Mental Health In Nepal

Saroj Ojha, MD
Department of Psychiatry & mental Health
TU Teaching Hospital
Kathmandu, Nepal

Sashi Sigdel, MD
Department of Psychiatry & mental Health
TU Teaching Hospital
Kathmandu, Nepal

Kapil Upadhyaya, MD
Department of Psychiatry & mental Health
Kathmandu Model Hospital
Kathmandu, Nepal

Abstract
Studies in Nepal has shown that 1-2% of the community suffering from severe mental illness, at least 5% have less severe form of mental illness and 20-25% of all outpatients attending health posts have been shown to have psychiatric morbidity often presenting multiple physical complaints. Geographical and demographical diversity with cultural variety has made more complicated to address the issue. To make the people more aware about the positive mental health there has not been a significant job done in national level. Communication medias have become increasingly more popular in the country to disseminate information and news. Private television channels, FM radios and Daily newspapers have been increased tremendously. The huge investment is being put in mass media communication outside Kathmandu valley there local FM radio stations and newspapers. Television coverage has also expanded throughout the country. Unfortunately these mass communication medias are not playing any significant role in the aspect of mental health awareness. Therefore this study was designed to identify the appropriate mass communication media for awareness raising of positive mental health. This study was undertaken to find out the best mass communication media for awareness raising of positive mental health. Data were collected prospectively from three mental health hospitals from Kathmandu Valley over three months period and analyzed. It is found that Television is the effective mass communication media for raising public awareness. There is also a need to make aware among policy makers and governmental agencies about the role of mass communication media for the promotion of mental health services in Nepal.

Source: Neuroscienceforum.com.np

1 Comments:

Anonymous Steve said...

The link neuroscienceforum does not open.

February 29, 2008 1:02 PM  

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