Introduction to Mental Health for Social Work in Sri Lanka (Sinhala Version)

During November 2009 and October 2010, the TGH program was partnered by the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey (BEH) Mental Health NHS Trust in UK promoting (with local participants) a series of workshops aimed at capacity building of mental health professionals in Sri Lanka, held at NIMH, Batticaloa and Kandy. This book draws on some of this work.
The book is intended to introduce readers to some 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 social workers in mental health, who may be attached to clinics, hospitals and non-governmental organizations. A similar book is being prepared aimed at mainly mental health nurses. Both 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.

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 by, 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.
Published by People’s Rural Development Association (PRDA), Colombo,2011.
Based on contributions and discussions at workshops held at
National Institute of Mental Health during 2009-2010 by:
Dr Suman Fernando (UK and Sri Lanka)
Dr Jaswant Guzder (Canada)
Ms Chulani Herath (Sri Lanka)
Dr Lushan Hettiarachchi (Sri Lanka)
Dr Duncan Pedersen (Canada)
M. U. Peiris (Sri Lanka)
Mrs Kanthi Perera (Sri Lanka)
Dr Rasitha Perera (Sri Lanka)
Chaminda Rajakaruna (Sri Lanka)
Thushara Senaratne (Sri Lanka)
Dr Rajani Seneviratne (Sri Lanka)
Rev Omalpe Somananda (Sri Lanka)
Dr Sivasubramaniam Sivathas (Sri Lanka)
Dr Sivagnanam Suthakaran (Sri Lanka)
Mr. Jim Symington (UK)
Mr. Steve Tall (UK)
Mr. Chamindra Weerackody (Sri Lanka)
Ms. Kusala Wettasinghe (Sri Lanka)

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