SMHA and CfC launch mental health helpline – Latest News – The Nation


KARACHI – Sindh Mental Health Authority (SMHA) and Charter for Compassion Pakistan are proud to announce the implementation of mental health activities in Sindh province. Both entities are to partner with the Thar Foundation to launch mental health activities in the province and have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Mental health and wellbeing are among the Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved in 2030. Mental health issues in Pakistan have seen an alarming increase in the incidence of mental illnesses due to a persistent wave of COVID-19 and frequent changes in social factors. .
The ceremony highlighted the coalition between Sindh Mental Health Authority, Jinnah Post Graduate Medical College, Civil Hospital, Sir Cowasjee Institute of Psychiatry, Thar Foundation and Charter for Compassion. The entities will work under a public-private partnership to provide mental health counseling services to people in Sindh through SMHA’s UAN helpline i.e. 021-111 -117-642.
The Sindh Mental Health Authority has already inaugurated its helplines at Sir Cowasjee Institute of Psychiatry and Jinnah Post Graduate Medical College. The helpline responds to different mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, substance abuse, self-harm/suicide and PTSD. The services are now to be inaugurated at Civil Hospital Karachi, and CfC Pakistan will be the implementing partner of UAN and oversee the capacity building and management of psychologists and call service through its elaborate system management of health information under its mental health program.
Amin Hashwani, President of Charter for Compassion Pakistan, said, “Charter for Compassion is delighted to partner with the government for the mental health of the people of Sindh. We look forward to working with SMHA and its affiliated hospitals.
CfC is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of our lives. Charter for Compassion Society of Pakistan with its five women empowerment centers has helped over 2,000 women, over 45 schools in different districts of Sindh.

with more than 30,000 students as well as other initiatives in the health sector. Volunteer programs have supported over 50,000 beneficiaries in collaboration with local and international donors.
A mental health program by CfC Pakistan which aims to provide high quality counseling and therapy to all segments of society. It also aims to raise mental health awareness and alleviate the problems faced by Pakistani society.
Dr Karim Ahmed Khawaja, Chairman of Sindh Mental Health Authority, said, “We look forward to working with CfC Pakistan on mental health and wellbeing. We hope this step will lead to increased mental health awareness among Sindh residents and enable them to get the help they need.
SMHA is a government authority that regulates matters relating to people’s mental health problems with respect to care, treatment and management. The Sindh Mental Health Authority was established in August 2017 for the implementation of the Sindh Mental Health Authority Act 2013 as approved by the Sindh Assembly in 2013. The Senator Dr Karim Ahmed Khawaja was appointed its first president.
The Sindh Assembly has taken the initiative to approve the legislation through a law in the province of Sindh.
NaseerMemon, Managing Director of Public Affairs and CSR Communications, Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company, said, “The Thar Foundation is delighted to partner with SMHA and Charter for Compassion for the welfare of the people of Tharparkar.
The aim of the Thar Foundation as compliance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to lead the Foundation towards its ultimate goal of ending poverty, protecting the people of Thar and bringing peace and prosperity In the region. As part of its priority objectives, the Thar Foundation focuses on the following areas: quality education, good health and well-being, decent work and economic growth, reduction of inequalities and gender equality.


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