Before I go into specifying some of the barriers in my community both visible and invisible that are surmounting every other positive change if any, I think it is pertinent to shed some light on the very basic and the simmering problem of my place. Kashmir, a Muslim majority State, is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. The problem was born in 1947 when it acceded to India on certain conditions. Both the countries have fought 3 wars to claim Kashmir. But, half of the Kashmir is under Pakistan and is known as Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK). The disputed part of Kashmir is under India called, Indian controlled Kashmir (ICK). In ICK, majority of people are demanding right to self determination or freedom from the Indian rule and witnessed eruption of armed rebellion in 1989. But with the latest surge of violence in the summer of 2010, which left more than 110 civilians dead, the mental health needs in the valley had further mounted, especially among the women folk who are the most sensitive lot to suffer from all corners without any rehabilitation. During the continuous three summers of unrest, it was found that not victims alone but their family members too were angry and frustrated over the clampdown and thus showing signs of mental disorder. There is a dire need to de-stress people from what they have witnessed. There should be a method to enhance the patient’s own natural coping strategies after suffering a traumatic event through self-healing process. The mental health problems must be urgently addressed through a strong community-based mental health system as the impact on the physical and mental health and socio-economic functioning is alarming due to the ongoing conflict. There is a need to increase public awareness about mental health issues in the valley. Be it through use of social media, online audio/video commentary about the prevailing health problems in Kashmir. Through Pulsewire, some mechanism can be carved out to reach out to the people who are most affected by the violence. We can try out all the new ideas to adapt to the changing circumstances and reach people in hospitals and homes to work directly or indirectly with people or organisations who are already working in the field. We can make an online referendum to know the opinion of the people on the Kashmir’s solution. The help of the various organisations like UN and other bodies who matter can be sought to press for the resolution of the long-pending Kashmir problem. A major part of the funding can be drawn from donations from the general public around the world and other funding agencies to give freedom to respond to the needs very fast. The failure of the Ministry of Health in Kashmir to implement its own National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) in Kashmir continues to suffer as there are not many psychiatric facilities and services provided by the government. We can advocate through our community for the proper implementation of the policies. ...ENDS................

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NMHP has been ineffective throughout the country. But the trauma that people face there is much much more than the rest of the country because of the conflicts.


You are right.The government sponsored schemes are most of the times either defunct or the funds directly or indirectly go in to the pockets of bureaucrats pushing the affected people towards more alienation.................... Stay Blessed

Aliya Bashir

Everyone always talks about taking care of the physical well being of the sufferers, but few often think about the psyche that's affected by trauma.

Thank you for shedding some light to a mostly ignored aspect of recovery.


You are right dear....There is a difference in talking about the things at the top of our voices and then actually try to get the things done on ground by our own possible efforts. Stay Blessed Udoka

Aliya Bashir

I think you highlight an extremely important topic, Aliya and I absolutely agree with Udoko: the psychological dimension is neglected - with dramatic consequences for the future. I hope you get the chance to post more here on PulseWire! Really looking forward to hearing more from you! All the bes, Katharina

I totally agree with your observations. And yes I am looking forward wherein I can get more chance to get published on Pulsewire. Thank You for the appreciation. Stay Blessed.

Aliya Bashir

I agree with the comments that have been posted. So often we focus on the physical the immediate that we neglect mental health. The trauma of conflict, of uncertainty has huge impacts on mental health, which in turn affect physical health. Your post educated me about the situation in Kashmir and gave a human perspective to what is going on.


Charlene Phung MPH

I feel privileged to bring some of the most sensitive issues which need immediate attention into the forefront. And I am also looking forward to the takers to spread the story in order to pressurize the international medical agencies to deeply research the issue and help the victims to de-stress them and also stop the increasing menace of depression, anxiety and mostly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which is unfortunately so prevalent in Kashmir. Stay Blessed Charlene

Aliya Bashir

this is tragic for the people. in some countries as in canada what they do not understand they just medicate and that does nothing for the process of healing some people. I agree with the above statemnts and for others to take advantage of those who have already suffered enough is inexscusable. I would like to understand more of the conflict. There is a man named the Shah Aga Khan and he is a leader of Pakistan as I understand it and very wealthy what do you and others think of him and why dont the wealthy leaders do something for the people. I wish I could help the people there

Its too undoubtedly tragic at peak. As you have mentioned people who are at helm or in a position to help in whatever way should not shrug off from their responsibilities, if they are in a position to help. But, we should feel discouraged as either and should try to bring the untapped voices to the forefront, You never know whosoever can lend a helping hand from out of blues and help the victims in the much-needed way. After-all, Hope is ahead of all powerful weapons to keep things going, especially in times of trials and tribulations. Stay Safe Dillon.

Aliya Bashir

Dear Aliya. The problem you are talking about is also common in Zimbabwe especially after the violence of past elections. I hear the medical term for it is Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder. Psychologists say it is often a consequence of psychological stress causes by traumatic events such as torture, rape, assault or witnessing events that roused feelings of fear and terror. Most of the victims can not eat well, they do not sleep well, some have nightmares, other just burst out in anger over small things. It takes a lot of counselling, healing over time to help them to get them to come to terms with their trauma and it is always hard to see someone going through such things. I personally know 2 ladies who have serious cases of this disorder and most people do not understand why they are the way they are and instead of helping them they shun them. I wish you well in giving the women in your community the help they need.

Due to the word limit, I couldn't discuss it more....But you have put it right.PTSD is more prevalent as it exists after a time of some happening, i mean the immediate results are stress and mots commonly depression and if it lasts for longer time with some major symptoms of flashbacks of the happening it leads to this disease. Unfortunate part, it is not more often reported here due to the stigma and lack of awareness. But again, all sort of tensions are related to the conflict whether directly or indirectly. There is a continuous and never ending fear and people are so ooped as they don't see any light at the end of the tunnel... It is so suffocating................. Rest thank you for the connectors, which I loved...See how pulsewire is bringing stories out of stories... thankyou for informing us about Zimbabwe. I am sending all greetings to the victims. May God brush off all our worries......

Aliya Bashir

Thanks for sharing your story.Being your neighbour,I understand the most of everyone. Then again,You will have to be strong and face it..We are all here with you..