Introduction

உளவியல் ஆலோசனைகள், சமூகம் சார் உளவியல் பிரச்சனைகளுக்கான கலந்துரையாடல்கள் மற்றும் வழிகாட்டுதல்களினை வழங்குவதே எமது நோக்கமாகும். எமது தொண்டர் செயற்பாட்டு குழுவில் முதன்மையான உளநல வைத்தியர்களும், ஆலோசகர்களும் அடங்குவர்.

 

Mental health problems are on the increase globally. The WHO states that mental health problems will become one of the leading causes of disability in the near future. Sri Lanka is no exception. Mental health problems and the demand for mental health services are on the increase in Sri Lanka.

The mental health indicators of a province are denoted as numbers of people who develop mental health issues, suicides, attempted suicides, homicides, antisocial activities and other violent incidents, divorces, per capita consumption of alcohol and other substances, behavioral problems of children and adolescents, and abandoned members of the vulnerable groups in the population, etc. Unfortunately, those numbers seem to be high in the Northern Province, indicating the need of recognizing the deterioration of mental health in this region.

Jaffna is perhaps the leading district in the Northern Province, developed a number of service models to address the mental health needs. At present, the mental health services in Jaffna is enriched by 2 inpatient units, 8 outpatient clinics, 2 rehabilitation centers, 1 home based service, 1 center for neurodevelopmental disorders, 1 helpline and a variety of community oriented intersectoral programs, setting up a good model of district mental health services in Sri Lanka. It primarily covers the Jaffna district, which has a population of 620,000 (half the population of the Northern Province), but it also acts as a tertiary care center and a forensic care providing unit for the whole province and some of the adjacent provinces. However, Jaffna district has to improve in many areas like providing specialized services for children and adolescents, geriatric population and people with substance use disorders. One of the major gap in Jaffna is that it doesn’t have a formal system to disseminate mental health related literacy.

In such a context, there is an opportunity to establish a system to provide information. This opportunity can be utilized to develop a dynamic website that provides not only information, but also a means of interaction, training, and capacity building.

The website will be under the wing of the Mental Health Society, a long-standing mental health related NGO in Jaffna with the partnership of FGIP.

Who We Are ?

This website is  a user friendly and youth friendly Mental Health Website  which contains relevant basic information in an easily understandable format and language which can be promoted by provincial mental health services to clients and their family members to read and understand about the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing.

You can take a look at the sections and learn more about the terms we often encounter when talking about mental health and illness.

Here, you will find out, that mental well-being can be cared for in many various ways. You can choose what could help you. Help can be useful not only for you but also for your loved ones. How you will find out that it is already appropriate to seek professional help and how to behave in such situations? You will also find who to ask for help.