Mental health services in Nepal were started as a department of Psychiatry in   Bir Hospital in 1961 AD. Dr. Bishnu Prasad Sharma after completion of his Diploma in Psychiatry from London was the founder figure to start psychiatric service. It had started out-patient services initially then 5 bedded inpatient services in 1965 AD and further extended to 12 beds in 1971. Afterwards it was shifted in Naxal, Kathmandu in a rented home around a year and planned to shift to a building of mission hospital situated at Suryabinayak, Bhaktapur but it was shifted to Lagankhel as a Mental Hospital in 1984. It started its services with 25 beds. Currently it is operating 50 beds with other services.

Currently working consultants, psychiatrists and psychologists

SN Post Name Mailing Address
1 Director/Chief Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Mohan Raj Shrestha (Lakhey) lakheymohan5@gmail.com
2 Chief Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Ananta Prasad Adhikari drananta@gmail.com
3 Senior Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Lata Gautam latapoudel@gmail.com
4 Psychiatrist Dr. Devavrat Joshi devrat_joshi@yahoo.com
5 Psychiatrist Dr. Praveen Bhattarai drpraveen1@hotmail.com
6 Clinical Psychologist Trishna Ghosh (Bista) trishnaghosh@gmail.com
7 Clinical Psychologist Bhupendra Sing Gurung tamuphupendra@gmail.com


To promote sound mental health and improve the quality of life.


To ensure sound mental health by political commitment, inter-sectoral co-ordination, community participation,  internalization of eastern philosophy and adoption of advances in science and technology


  • Development of Mental Hospital as National Centre for Mental Health and Research
  • Sub-speciality services, academic and research institute, focal point of mental health and psychosocial issues for government of Nepal.
  • Establishment of Rehabilitation Centre for mentally disabled.
  • Vigorous effort and extensive work-up to find a spacious land in appropriate place of valley which is still in process.


  • Lack of promotive, preventive and rehabilitative programmes.
  • Insufficient human resources, technical equipments and land area.
  • Running at low budget sanctioned by government.
  • Technical difficulties due to lack of implementation of national mental health policy and formulation of mental health (protection and treatment) act.