Hi! Do you know Sri Lanka’s suicide rates are amongst the highest globally? More than 40% of people in tsunami-affected areas suffer from common mental disorders and there is 3% prevalence of severe mental disorders.
This summer, I’ve been offered a wonderful opportunity to volunteer in Galle District of Sri Lanka, where was one of the worst affected regions from the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. I’ll be working in schools to help support creative therapy amongst children who have mental health disabilities and providing hands-on support with occupational therapy in the treatment centre to integrate those with mental illness back into society.
You’re probably asking “why should I fund Akilah’s holiday” but it’s not just a holiday. It’s a two-weeks volunteering trip that will be my first step to make a difference in the mental healthcare system of a less privileged country. At the same time, I will receive valuable training and lectures on how patients are treated with regard to mental health and the traditional Sri Lankan medical system, as well as seminars by Buddhist monks on mindfulness and meditation. These experiences will help develop my skills and knowledge needed in the clinical field of psychology and bring me a step closer to my goal of being a mental health professional.
Your donation big or small, anything is appreciated will directly contribute towards my programme fee, which covers my training, accommodation and the resources needed for the project. I dream of a world where everyone has mutual understanding and has same possibility to get support, no matter where they come from and how much they have. I believe all of us can and have responsibility to do little things to reach this goal. No matter if you support this fundraiser or not, I hope that everyone can start caring others genuinely and treat others the way you want to be treated. Thank you for taking your time in reading this and I wish you a nice day ahead! xx