SLCDF assists in raising awareness towards mental health issues

Executive Director of SLCDF Awarding a certificate to a participant
Ms. Sakuni Amanda - Session on Understanding of Prevention of Suicide
Participants sharing their happy moments with certificates in hand
Participants taking part in an exercise on creative activities
Resource Person comments on participant group activity
Resource Person guiding the participants on their performance
Executive Director addressing the group and explaining the journey of SLCDF with NJMHI


Mental health issues have been a wide spread culpable issue that has been raising concerns throughout the world. The role people should take in hand in order to address these concerns have become clearer as time passes due to the level of impact it has delivered to the global communities. In an effort to thwart this issue and further contribute to the community Sri Lanka Centre for Development Facilitation (SLCDF) has also taken initiative to encourage the idea through its programmes.

“Enhancing the Capacities to Respond to Mental Health Needs of the Community” is one of the training programmes implemented through funding of New Jersey Mental Health Institute, USA. This programme consists of three modules of the training for community leaders from 11 districts of Sri Lanka. Out of the three modules, two were completed earlier this year. The final module was completed with the participation of 25 leaders including 12 Male and 13 Female active participants held from 28th June to 01st July 2019 at Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue, Colombo.

As all their other programmes SLCDF successfully brought the mental health awareness programme to its completion. Their efforts managed to bring in otherwise lacking awareness within the community to a highly demanding issue.
Through this programme SLCDF was able to educate and mould 25 community leaders’ skills and knowledge depending on the mental health needs of their particular communities.

The participants were further encouraged by awarding them with certificates at the award ceremony in appreciation of their participation in all three modules and to continue their good work. They will be engaging to closely work in their locations to support the people with mental health issues.