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Sambhavya Foundation launches youth council to enhance leadership of Nepalese youth in mental health advocacy


Today marks another milestone for Sambhavya Foundation as it launches Sambhavya Youth Council (SYC), a network of enthusiastic local youths between 18 to 25 years of Nepal formed with a motive to bring change in the existing scenario of mental health in Nepal through mental health advocacy enhancing leadership in youth and enabling them to speak up about their mental health. An overwhelming response was received, highlighting how motivated young people are in wanting to make a difference in mental health.

Sambhavya’s Chief Human Resources and Operation Mr. Purusottam Thapa said 5 members have been welcomed initially to the council’s executive committee. “I look forward to extension of Sambhavya youth council and key youth-led programs along with the support of youth council to Sambhavya Foundation in mental health advocacy” said Purusottam. First ever Youth Council in Nepal (working directly for mental health) launched by Sambhavya Foundation, seeks expressions of interest from local young people aged 18 to 25. (For more information visit:https://www.sambhavya.org.np/get-involved/syc/).

Sambhavya is aware about the rising mental health issues among adolescents and youth along with the importance of listening to young people.  With the slogan of Unite, Lead and Change, SYC Members are expected to meet several times a year to discuss mental health issues that matter to their peers and community along with the promotion of mental health through advocacy and organization of mental health related programs and events.

SYC is an integral part of Sambhavya Foundation. However, SYC is an advocacy group of youth working independently to Sambhavya Foundation. It will be lead by youth; inclusive and diverse, with the required support and advice of Advisory Committee. Initially Mr. Ashish Shrestha, CEO of Sambhavya Foundation and Mr . Purusottam Thapa, CHRO will be the key members in an advisory committee. In coming months, SYC will be adding few more members in advisory committee. SYC will have 7 members in Executive Committee and sub-committee will be formed under the executive committee for the smooth operation of SYC. When the executive committee meets next time in May, they will define the roles and responsibilities of central executive members and plan the program for the month of May; Mental Health Awareness Month.