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WHAT IS SAMUTTHĀNA
Samutthana (The King’s College London Resource Centre for Trauma Displacement and Mental Health in Sri Lanka) is Sanskrit for renewal and regeneration. Established back in 2006, it was called to offer psychological services to the local community.
It is the brainchild of the UK-Sri Lank Trauma Group, a charity originally launched in 1996 and comprising Sri Lankan and British mental health professionals, with the help of a grant from CAFOD (Catholic Agency for overseas Development).
It is a not for profit company registered under Sri Lankan law with an accountable Board of Directors.
Registration number: GL 55
WHAT DOES SAMUTTHĀNA OFFER
- The Centre is available to all mental health professionals, doctors, teachers, lawyers, religious leaders, government agencies, NGO’s, Volunteers and practitioners engaged in mental health and trauma work.
- A regular and varied programme of training workshops and seminars is held throughout the year, at the Centre in Colombo as well as in many out-reach venues across the island.
- There are facilities for web-based interactive professional consultation and supervision.
- A resource library houses one of the finest collections of psychology-based books and journals in the country, together with meeting and study rooms.
- Inaugural Conference in 2009 on Renewal, Regeneration and Reconciliation.
- Samutthana was instrumental in setting up the first Clinical Psychology Masters training course in Sri Lanka at the University of Colombo. Since 2010, there have been three successful batches graduating with an MPhil qualification.
- Pioneering mental health nursing training in Sri Lanka.
- Assisting an Addiction Clinic as well as a Prisons Project.
- Reaching out to rural area.
- Introduced an ‘Expert by Experience’ project and has had three national awareness raising programmes, presented through the lens of a survivor: (1) Living with Schizophrenia (2) Child Sexual Abuse and (3) Depression and Suicide.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
The end of the 30 year civil war enables a proper assessment of the need in the area of mental health. We therefore appeal to all potential Sponsors to support us in implementing our objectives.
Help us to help them… Dare to Care! PLEASE DONATE.