On July 21st 2018 I will be embarking on a journey traveling to Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka as part of a Mental Health & Psychology programme with the organisation PMGY. This programme is 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 Lankan people. It is estimated that in tsunami-affected areas 40% of people suffer from common mental disorder and there is a 3% prevalence of severe mental disorder. Sri Lanka’s suicide rates are amongst the highest globally according to the World Health Organisation and mental health needs in Sri Lanka today are as high as anywhere else in the world.
On this three week long programme I will be given the opportunity to gain insight into mental health care facilities and needs of this beautiful country. During my time, I will be volunteering in a hospital setting, shadowing and observing mental health doctors. I will also be working in the heart of the community, providing care and attention for mentally disabled children in a local school setting.
The work I will be partaking in is 100% voluntary and thus, the funds to get me there are costly. I look forward to being exposed to such a majestic place, and the experience will help me pursue my psychological career. Any donations to help me on this journey would be highly appreciated.