On the Royal Command of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, the Pema Center Secretariat, an agency to spearhead Bhutan’s national response to mental health, has been established.

Her Majesty graced the inauguration ceremony of the secretariat yesterday morning, where prayers were performed for an auspicious start to the initiative.  

The secretariat aims to help build a society that promotes the mental health and well-being of all Bhutanese. 

It will support policies and develop programs to support mental health, foster multi-sectoral partnerships, engage communities, and establish a proactive service delivery network. It will also help introduce and improve treatments, therapy and rehabilitation services. 

The secretariat has three core divisions: Self-harm Prevention, Violence Prevention and Response, and Substance Use Prevention and Care. Their collective mandate is to make proactive and reliable mental health services accessible for all. The team’s first steps towards this include setting up channels through which those in need of services can seek help, and systems to support them as well as their families and caregivers. 

The secretariat is comprised of a board and staff from a diverse set of backgrounds, working under the guidance of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen.