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National Mental Health Policy, 1996

1. To ensure the availability and accessibility of minimum mental health services for all the population of Nepal by the year 2000: in particular for the most vulnerable and under-privileged groups of the population, by integrating mental health services into the general health service system of the country, and by adopting other appropriate measures suitable to the community and the people.

2. To prepare Human Resources in the area of Mental Health in order to provide for the above mentioned Mental Health Services. This will include Mental Health training of all health workers, preparation of specialist Mental Health manpower, and training of groups as per need.

3. To protect the fundamental human rights of the mentally ill in Nepal.

4. To improve awareness about mental health, mental disorders, and the promotion of mentally healthy lifestyles, in the community by participation of community structures, and amongst health workers.

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