In more recent times the country as a whole is moving away from the traditional cultural stigma that had always been attached to mental health in Sri Lanka.
Whilst integrating mental health into the primary care of Sri Lanka’s public health system and private sector still remains challenging, more recently there has been encouraging signs that right tracks are being made to do this.
PMGY’s Mental Health & Psychology programme in Sri Lanka is designed for those studying in this field and gives an opportunity to gain insight and awareness within a hospital setting.
The mental health needs of Sri Lanka have continued to increase in recent decades and traditionally mental health services failed to respond to such developments.
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Despite those unresolved allegations, the UN has deployed thousands of peacekeepers from Sri Lanka.
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In that case, which was corroborated by UN investigators, the Sri Lankan military repatriated 114 of the peacekeepers, but none was ever jailed.
In fact, Sri Lanka has never prosecuted a single soldier for sexual misconduct while serving in a peacekeeping mission abroad.
It is estimated that in tsunami-affected areas 40% of people suffer from common mental disorder and there is a 3% prevalence of severe mental disorder.
Sri Lanka’s suicide rates are amongst the highest globally according to the World Health Organisation and mental health needs in Sri Lanka today are as high as anywhere else in the world.