The British Council and Bangor University hosted an event in Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 - 12 April 2018 that brought together policymakers, researchers, and clinicians in the South Asia region and researchers in the UK to develop an agenda and strategy for mental health research and practice. The event represented a step to building collaborations between South Asia and the UK and served to promote science, innovation and partnership between South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and the UK.

Many countries, especially those with low and middle income (LAMIC) struggle to provide adequate mental health services, particularly with regard to children and adolescents. The United Kingdom and the countries in the British Council's South Asia region each provide opportunities to enhance and improve understanding of, and intervention for, mental health issues in their populations.

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