2015: TPO Cambodia’s 20th anniversary year has started

For TPO Cambodia, 2015 is a very special year: our 20th anniversary year.

We were established in 1995 as a branch of the Netherlands-based NGO ‘TPO International’ to alleviate psychological and mental health problems of Cambodians in the wake of decades of war and upheaval. In 2000 we became an independent local NGO, ‘TPO Cambodia’, run by Cambodians for Cambodians. Since our beginnings in 1995, we have provided mental health care and support to tens of thousands of Cambodians. Today, we are still Cambodia’s leading NGO in the field of mental health care and psychosocial support.

While we are proud that we have managed to fulfill the need for mental health care for some of those who need it most, the health care system in Cambodia unfortunately remains characterized by a tremendous gap between what is needed and what is available to reduce the burden of mental health issues and to promote mental health. After 20 years of working tirelessly providing psychosocial and mental health care to mostly disadvantaged people in rural areas, and advocating for more widely available, affordable quality mental health services and policy change with regards to this, the reality is that, at this stage, our mission – and work – must simply continue due to a persistent lack of such services across Cambodia.

A sobering fact, but nonetheless, we do want to use 2015 to reflect on our 20 years of work and our achievements so far, as well as the path our clients – many of them survivors of severe trauma – have bravely travelled on their way to a better mental health enabling them to function more effectively within their work, families and communities.

Of course, we would not have been able to provide our services without the kind and ongoing support of our foreign donors, the cooperation with many local and international partner organizations and institutions, and all those individuals who have spoken up for, endorsed or supported mental health services for Cambodian people.

Therefore, we want to invite you – and everyone else who is interested in bringing mental health care to the people of Cambodia – to take a moment to celebrate our 20 years with us and to look ahead to the future. Together with you, we want to explore how we can all help Cambodian people get the mental health services they need and deserve, because there is simply ‘no health without mental health’.

Throughout 2015 we will share plenty of 20th anniversary news and updates, organize events and provide other opportunities for you to get involved, so please keep following us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/tpocambodia), this website or sign up for our Newsletter by sending an email saying ‘Sign me up.’ to communications@tpocambodia.org . Because Mental Health Matters!

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program was founded in 2001 by Australian couple Betty Kitchener and Professor Tony Jorm. Since this time, the program has spread from Australia to over 20 countries. More information on Mental Health First Aid International, trading as Mental Health First Aid Australia, at www.mhfa.com.au


This website offers a unique collection of materials on gender-based violence during the Khmer Rouge and a description of the transitional justice measures which address this issue in Cambodia today.

Together, TPO, the Cambodian Defenders Project (CDP) and the Victims Support Section (VSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), want to share the knowledge, experience and resources gathered through our work with Cambodians and people from all over the world encouraging them to learn, discuss and take action against GBV. Link to Website


LIKE GHOST CHANGES BODY – TPO Launches new in-depth study report on Forced Marriage under the Khmer Rouge.


TPO’s newest research report In ‘Like ghost changes body’ – a Study on the Impact of Forced Marriage during the Khmer Rouge Regime significantly contributes to a deeper understanding of the nature and extent of forced ...[more]

Video Interview with Dr Sotheara about Mental Health by TV/Video news Channel of China-Cambodia Friendship Radio (CCFR)


You can now watch an extensive interview (in Khmer) about mental health with Dr Sotheara Chhim, Executive Director of TPO Cambodia. The interview can be found on the TV/Video news channel of the China-Cambodia Friendship Radio...[more]

Dr Sotheara Chhim on baksbat and PTSD on Radio Australia’s ‘Sound Mind’ program with presenter Phil Kafcaloudes


Listen to Dr Sotheara Chhim, Executive Director of TPO Cambodia, talking on Radio Australia’s ‘Sound Mind’ program this week with presenter Phil Kafcaloudes and regular co-host Dr Terry Laidler from Monash University, also a...[more]

បទសម្ភាសន៍វេជ្ជ.ឈឹម សុធារ៉ា ដោយវទ្យុអូស្រ្តាលី



Interview with Dr Sotheara Chhim on Radio Australia


You can now listen to yesterday’s interview with Dr Sotheara Chhim, Executive Director of TPO Cambodia, on Radio Australia. He was interviewed about ‘baksbat’ (broken courage), a culture-based syndrome and its role as...[more]

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