BVS-Nepal provides counselling sessions to assist the patient and family in the Kanti Childrens’ Hospital, National Trauma Centre and Tribhuwan University (T.U.) Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu.

Psychological distress occurs in most survivors of severe burn injuries. Physical traumas such as burn injury and the painful and intrusive medical procedures required to treat them can be profoundly traumatizing. The emotional response to any trauma is intense fear, horror, and helplessness. There is, inherent in a traumatic incident, a threat to basic security and safety. The effects of burn trauma can profoundly affect an individual’s ability to cope with life, as well as constrict one’s ability to relate to others for months, years, or a lifetime. Burn trauma affects the burn-injured individual’s and family’s life. The losses and trauma inherent in a burn injury require ongoing assessment, attention and intervention as needed. Psychological healing and recovery need to be supported throughout all phases of recovery including reintegration.

Burns violence whether from an acid attack, a homicide or a suicide attempt is a tragic form of violence, with serious long-term physical and psychological consequences. BVS-Nepal aims to help survivors with their immediate recovery whilst constructing a positive environment in which survivors can live with dignity. In the first instance, BVS-Nepal provides counselling sessions to assist the patient and family in the Trauma Centre and Teaching Hospital, Kathmandu.

After the burn violence survivors leave the hospital, they continue to receive regular counselling sessions in BVS Nepal office. It helps them to understand and share their recovery journey with family and friends through group and individual sessions. The counselling program for the burns survivors will incorporate individual sessions, group counselling, family counselling and home visits. Counselling is a key element in the rehabilitation process.

In 2073-2074, 217 patients received daily counselling with the support of C.H.A.N.C.E. for Nepal (UK).

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