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The National Mental Health Survey, Nepal was started from November 2017 and carried out from January 2019 to January 2020 in all seven provinces of Nepal. The total sample size of the survey was 15088 among which 9200 were adults (aged 18 years and above) and 5888 were adolescents (aged 13-17 years).

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Mental Disorders Factsheet (Adolescents)

  • The prevalence of mental disorder among adolescents was found to be 5.2%.
  • Neurotic and stress related disorders were the most prevalent, with a prevalence of 2.8%.
  • The prevalence of mental disorders was highest among adolescents in Province 1 (11.4%) among 16-years-olds (7.7%) and among females (5.3%).
  • The prevalence of current suicidal thoughts among adolescents was 3.9% while that of lifetime suicidal attempt was 0.7%.

Mental Disorders Factsheet (Adults)

  • Among the adult participants, 10% had any mental disorder in their lifetime, and 4.3% currently has any mental disorder.
  • Lifetime and current mood disorders among adult participants were found to be 3% and 1.4% respectively.
  • Neurotic and Stress related disorders (current) among adult participants was 3%.
  • The prevalence of suicidality (including current suicidal thoughts, lifetime suicidal attempt and future likelihood of suicidal thoughts) was found to be 7.2%.
  •  Majority of the adult participants (6.3%) has low suicidality compared to moderate and high suicidality.
  • Current suicidal thoughts and Lifetime suicidal attempt were found to be 6.5% and 1.1% respectively.
  • The prevalence of lifetime mental disorders was highest among adults in Province 1 (13.9%), among 40-49-years-old (13.3%) and among males (12.4%).
  • The prevalence of current mental disorders was highest among adults in Bagmati province (5.9%), among 40-49-years old (6.3%) and among females (5.1%).

Download: National Mental Health Survey, Nepal-2020 FACTSHEET (Adults)
Download: National Mental Health Survey, Nepal-2020 FACTSHEET (Adolescents)



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