Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Health Nursing In Sri Lanka: A manual for nurses and other professional staff (English Version)
Published by, People’s Rural Development Association (PRDA), Colombo, 2011.
Based on contributions at workshops held at National Institute of
Mental Health, Angoda, during November 2009 & October 2010 by:
Dr Suman Fernando (UK & Sri Lanka)
Dr Mahesan Ganesan (Sri Lanka)
Ms Lynne Parry (UK)
Dr Rasitha Perera (Sri Lanka)
Dr Gameela Samarasinghe (Sri Lanka)
Oliver Treacy (UK)
Chamindra Weerackody (Sri Lanka)
Ms Tobi Welstand-Keryk (UK)
This book is intended to introduce Sri Lankan readers to the basic concepts of mental health as they apply to Sri Lanka but informed by the general discourse on this topic around the world. But more than that, it is aimed to contribute towards the training of nurses working in mental health services in Sri Lanka, especially those at the two large institutions – NIMH (formerly Angoda Hospital) and Mulleriyawa Hospital. A similar book is being prepared with social workers in mind. All the manuals are based on some of the presentations made at workshops referred to above using handouts provided by presenters, reports on discussions during the sessions, and the observations of the resource persons from Canada and UK who have visited Sri Lanka under the aegis of the TGH Program. All those who have contributed to this book hope that it will help towards improving the quality of mental health care provided in Sri Lanka. The book is divided into six chapters. There are no named individual authors for any one chapter. This is because all the chapters include parts of presentations made, and discussions with, several of the named contributors. In other words, this is a book representing all those named on the title page as having contributed.