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Shilu Manandhar, GPJ Nepal
The Nepalese government, under pressure from China, has sharply constricted the rights and movements of Tibetan refugees living within its borders. Since the government stopped issuing refugee identity cards to Tibetan refugees in 2002, many exiles – and their offspring – have been unable to enter college, land permanent jobs and travel outside their host country. Even Tibetans who have never stepped foot in Tibet find they cannot gain traction in the country they would like to make their home.
Aliya Bashir, GPJ Indian-administered Kashmir
Transgender women face rejection by their families and severe discrimination in Kashmiri society. A 2013 Indian Supreme Court verdict criminalizing homosexual conduct has further marginalized them, transgender women say. Noting that Islam, the dominant faith in the region, extols tolerance and inclusion, they look forward to a time when they are accepted and respected as social equals.
Aliya Bashir, GPJ, Indian-Administered Kashmir
In some poor countries, you can count the number of psychiatrists on one hand. In wealthier regions, it’s easy to find someone who can treat a mental health problem.
Dina González, GPJ, Argentina
While Argentines take anti-anxiety medications at about the same rate as citizens of other industrialized countries, some experts warn that general practitioners overprescribe these medications to control stress-induced symptoms without seeking long-term solutions.
Yam Kumari Kandel, GPJ, Nepal
Reacting to the pressure of added duties and fear for the health of their marriages, nearly 50 wives of migrant workers killed themselves in Nepal last year, underscoring the need to ramp up mental health services.
Chathuri Dissanayake, GPJ, Sri Lanka
Social media creates an opportunity for people to harass their peers online, creating a pervasive atmosphere of hostility that can undermine a teenager’s self-esteem, personality development and sense of security.
Kalpana Khanal, GPJ, Nepal
Since it was introduced in Nepal in 2010, music therapy has helped more than 400 autistic children learn to listen attentively and express themselves in words.
Aliya Bashir, GPJ, Indian-Administered Kashmir
While Kashmiris afflicted with illnesses such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder have the option of seeking help from faith healers or mental health professionals, the stigma associated with mental illness deters many from getting psychiatric care.
Comfort Mussa, GPJ, Cameroon
Unable to defend themselves, mentally ill women in Bamenda, Cameroon, often become victims of sexual assault.
Apophia Agiresaasi, GPJ Uganda
Ugandan inmates pursuing educational opportunities behind bars anticipate pursuing productive careers upon release.