On June 3rd 2017 I am travelling to Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka with PMGY to volunteer on their Mental Health and Psychology placement.
The mental health needs of Sri Lanka have continued to increase in recent decades and traditionally mental health services failed to respond to such developments. It is estimated that in tsunami-affected areas 40% of people suffer from common mental disorder and Sri Lanka’s suicide rates are amongst the highest globally according to the World Health Organisation.
During my placement I will be based in the Galle District which was one of the worst affected regions from the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and to this day today has left lasting impact both physically and mentally on Sri Lanka people.
I will be shadowing and observing mental health doctors during consultation periods with inward patients at hospitals and clinics who will all have varying forms of mental illnesses, spend time at the heart of community projects working with and providing care and attention for mentally disabled children in a government school and I will take part in an Ayurveda seminar which is a medicine system rooted in the Indian subcontinent and consists of practises that promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices. The seminar will explain a different dynamic and perspective onto how patients are treated with regard to mental health and the traditional Sri Lanka medical system.
Please help me reach my target of raising £1000 sponsorship.
All sponsorship money goes towards the implementation and monitoring of the projects in Sri Lanka and the pre departure training, food, accommodation, airport pickups, around the clock support from the UK and in-country team required for the volunteers to keep the project running.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. If you have any questions at all please contact me at [email protected]
Any sponsorship no matter how small is welcome and much appreciated.