THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT
The butterfly is a symbolic expression of mind. A butterfly represents the beauty and uniqueness of each of our minds, but just like the butterfly, no two minds are identical, and all are unique. We encourage every Sri Lankan to display and wear a butterfly proudly to help raise awareness about mental health issues.
SPEAK YOUR MIND CAMPAIGN
People from 19 countries worldwide, including Sri Lanka, have come together pledging to secure meaningful and urgent action from their governments, demanding they invest in mental health.
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CAPACITY BUILDING AND NETWORKING
MENTAL HEALTH IS...
Mental health problems are common, but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better, and many recover completely.
IF YOU NEED HELP...
If you feel like being seen by a doctor, contact the mental health service of your nearest hospital. 1990 ambulance service provide support for emergency hospitalisation of persons with mental health problems in a crisis.
Keep the contact details of your nearest mental health professional, psychiatrist, psychologist, counsellor, or social worker in case of an emergency.
AN APPEAL FOR URGENT SUPPORT
We are in the midst of the worst economic crisis in the history of 70 years. Sri Lanka has run out of dollars to procure vital food and fuel imports, triggering weeks of demonstrations demanding the government step down. But it is, in the health sector, the consequences of the crisis are most visceral. Prices of commonly used medication have sharply increased twice in six weeks. Antibiotics, certain painkillers, and medicines for heart conditions are among those hit by a 40% mark-up. The hospitals and chemist stores across the country are running out of essential drugs, even to buy for a high price. Health department appeals for help have brought in donations from individuals and organisations.
The people living with mental health conditions are also affected by this situation. Mental health clinics don’t have essential medicine for weeks. Some of those are available in the private sector, but most people living with such conditions cannot afford to buy those from chemist stores.
The Directorate of Mental Health of the Government of Sri Lanka has issued a list of 16 essential medications required immediately. The government has agreed to receive donations directly, and CAN MH Lanka is happy to coordinate assistance in order to speed up the receipt of these vital drugs. CAN MH Lanka would appeal to our international friends to help us obtain these required drugs soon as psychiatric drugs are not being prioritised over life-saving medications in most cases.
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