Healing Kashmir

Stage Two

This involved on-going assessment of patients by Dr Arshad and his colleagues at The Government Psychiatric Diseases Hospital. We returned to Kashmir in February 2010 for follow-up clinics. As there had been another recent round of violence it was not possible to see all the patients that we had treated in November and December 2009. Those who could get to the clinics that we held in Srinagar were doing well, and those who had made full recovery were sustaining these recoveries. We were able to extend the local clinics in the Srinagar area with the help of local doctors and psychiatrists, who referred trauma patients to the clinics.

What became increasingly apparent during the initial stages of the project was the urgent need for a fully integrated mental health support system in Kashmir. This has led us to Stage III of the project.