Beginning the mental health component of relief work started with providing support for the volunteers who are working tirelessly. Ultimately, mental health will play a huge part in the recovery of the Nepali people. The immediate need was preventing the burnout and compassion fatigue associated with 24 hour efforts to serve the community.RMF provided a much needed break to the volunteers at Global Karuna and Bibeksheel Nepali after their moment of silence for the victims and impressive motivational speaking by leadership, by providing food, a chance to sit and talk about experiences, and guided mediation and spiritual advice from Metteyya.
More than 8,500 people are dead and over 15,000 injured following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit the Himalayan region the morning of April 25, 2015. Eight million people are affected across Nepal, and one million children are in urgent need of help.