1. 1.      Formation of Mental Health Association

Potohar Mental Health Association (PMHA) is non government organization working on mental health of children, youth and adults. Striving for a society, that is well informed, educated, mentally healthy and progressive, in a way that it lives beyond differences and has acceptance for those who are differently able without any distinction of class, sex, color or creed. We endeavor to attain these goals through research projects and by playing an advisory role to motivate government to improve Mental Health Act and introduce better legislation for the betterment of the mental health scenario in Pakistan in specific and over all society in general.

A meeting at Shifa International Hospital in May 1997, attended by a group of like-minded people including psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers and welfare minded persons and family members of persons with mental health problems decided to form a Mental Health Association. Application for registration of the association under the name of Potohar Mental Health Association filled in March 1999 with the registration authority, Islamabad under the Voluntary Organizations Ordinance of 1961.


  1. 2.      Registration of PMHA as an NGO

Provisional registration Certificate was issued by the registration authority V.S.W.A, Islamabad on May 27th, 1999. Start of rehabilitation programme initiated at Al-Farabi Special Education Centre with the approval of Directorate General of Special Education as a day programme.