MoU Signed to Launch Mental Health Program in Gilgit Baltistan


by Hamna Bano

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Charter for Compassion (CFC) Pakistan and the Rupani Foundation (RF) have joined hands to introduce Rubaru-Compassionate Mental Well-being Services in Gilgit-Baltistan through a signed agreement.

The mental health program will begin as a pilot in the Hunza and Ghizer districts. Each district will have two skilled mental health counselors dedicated to offering essential counseling services to individuals with mental health challenges.


Assistance and support will be provided to needy people through a specialized tele-helpline site/client application. In order to raise awareness about mental health and lessen the stigma attached to seeking help, counselors will hold awareness events in schools, universities, and public places.

The mental health program will also create a system for referring individuals who need advanced treatment to secondary and tertiary care. 

This comprehensive approach guarantees that patients receive essential care and assistance beyond the initial counseling phase.

Amin Hashwani who is the CFC Pakistan President said that “We are thrilled to partner with the Rupani Foundation to address the pressing issues of mental health in Gilgit-Baltistan.”

He also assured the required support for the implementation of much-needed initiatives in Gilgit Baltistan.

RF Chairman Naruddin Rupani while addressing the event highlighted the importance of mental well-being. 

He said, “The RF has developed a comprehensive program to join hands with other stakeholders to address the rising mental health issues.

“This collaboration will bring together our collective strengths to create a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals struggling with mental health challenges.”

The ceremony was als virtually attended by the representatives of different government departments, RF board members, RF CEO Jalaluddin CFC, lawyers, civil society organizations and media in GB, CFC Technical Adviser DR. Shaista Ali Siddiqui, and Rupani Initiatives Global CEO Jalaluddn Shah.

RF on the other hand is one of the non-profit organizations that is committed to promoting empathy, social harmony, and compassion.