Mental health

Mental health is a critically under-resourced issue in South Asia. Moreover, a lack of public awareness leaves superstitions and fears unchallenged. We are working to end the stigma and transform support for people with mental health needs.

Every year, as many as 800,000 people die as a result of suicide, and the overwhelming majority of these (78%) are in low- and middle-income countries.

Our approach: 

We are lifting the silence on mental health issues and raising awareness in communities. By opening up the conversation and developing services, we are ensuring that people can find and receive the support they need.

Through our work: 

  • over 200,000 people are more aware of mental health issues and available support 
  • over 19,000 have accessed and received clinical and non-clinical support 
  • over 100 community health workers have been given training in mental health issues
Lady staring into the camera , Pakistan

“I took some medicine to try and kill myself. I thought if I’m not around then my problem would go away.”

Abida, recovering from a mental health breakdown

Mental health and wellbeing in Pakistan

More than 50 million people in Pakistan are affected by mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, yet understanding of mental health is extremely low and conditions are highly stigmatised. Services for diagnosis and care are almost non-existent and those that do exist are of poor quality.

Lady in front of mint wall, Pakistan

More about our mental health work

  • Blog

    Talking about mental health

    ladies sat together in mental health session, Pakistan
  • Case study

    Ali's story

    Ali portrait - mental health
  • Case study

    Neelam's story

    young woman staring to camera
  • Blog

    Promoting good mental health in South Asia

    woman leading mental health session