People need to be aware of symptoms of mental illness and the measures that need to be taken to alleviate them. In order to fulfill this purpose people of the community need to be educated on this arena. With this aim in mind the New Jersey Mental Health Institute has funded the project “Enhance the capacity as facilitators on basic Mental Health Needs/ Requirements.” Training programme for the 1st module, had its inauguration on the 15th of November 2018 following the training sessions up to the 18th of November 2018. Participants from selected districts of Kandy, Matara, Polannaruwa, Galle, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Ampara, Kegalle, Moneragala, Mullaitivu and Hambantota were present for this residential training at the Institute of Addiction Management Training Centre in Kalutara. As representatives from the Tamil and Sinhala speaking districts were present, training sessions were held in either languages simultaneously. Ms. Veronica S. Jayagoda and Ms. Inoka Barclay representatives from New Jersey Mental Health Institute were present at these training session.
Training programme for the 2nd module will be held from the 7th to 10th of January 2019.