CURRENT ACTIVITIES

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

Speak Your Mind is a global citizen-led campaign platform with one collective purpose - progress for mental health in every nation.
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.

Technical Working Group for Disability Inclusive Elections

The Technical Working Group for Disability Inclusive Elections in Sri Lanka (DIESL-TWG) is a collective of cross-disability movements to ensure political participation of persons with disabilities in Sri Lanka.

CAPACITY BUILDING AND NETWORKING

Many people aren’t exposed to mental health issues until they are directly impacted by a tragedy such as suicide. But Mental health problems require multiple local stakeholders to work in concert. Collective community engagement can overcome the barriers to mental health promotion and prevention.

SAUMH Webinar: Suicide Prevention in the South Asian region

South Asian Union for Mental Health (SAUMH) was established in 2020, following the global annual planning meeting of the Speak Your Mind campaign and the Global Mental Health Action Network (GMHAN) in Nairobi, Kenya.

The SAUMH consists of six organizations: 1) CAN MH Lanka – Sri Lanka, 2) Sangath – India, 3) Mariwala Health Initiative (MHI) – India, 4) Taskeen – Pakistan 5) Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) – Nepal and 6) Mental Health PH – the Philippines.

The SAUMH was established aiming for regional collaboration for mental health campaigning and advocacy. The annual session for this year is scheduled for the 29th of September 2021 from 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm IST.

There will be two rounds;
1) Research and efforts undertaken for suicide prevention – 10-minute presentation from each representative and
2) panel discussion on the same topic – 30 minutes,
followed by a Q & A session for another half an hour.
for Mental Health Practitioners

Knowledge Sharing Session Series

Together with the Professional Psychological Counselors' Association (PPCA), CAN MH Lanka organises a series of knowledge-sharing sessions every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm. This session series aims to empower mental health practitioners from different disciplines by providing a friendly platform to share good practices. We expect the people in need to have a better chance of having quality mental healthcare when they needed it most.
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MOVE TOGETHER

The COVID 19 pandemic has affected lives, families, and communities globally, and the mental health impact of the pandemic is expected to be huge. The economic downturn, social distancing measures, unemployment and uncertainty increase the mental health burden at the individual and community level.
The secretary-general of the United Nations mentioned the need for urgent action to address the mental health needs in the post-COVID-19 period to reduce the long-term effects of the pandemic.
In the Sri Lankan context, there are limited studies done to see the mental health effects of COVID-19, but it is expected to increase mental health problems, substance abuse, and suicides following the pandemic. Therefore, it is essential to take collective action to address the mental health needs in the post-COVID-19 atmosphere around the country.
We invite policymakers, state officials, professionals, the corporate sector, educators, law enforcement authorities, community organizations and the general public to join hands to ensure everyone everywhere has someone to turn to when their mental health is in crisis.

WANT TO JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER TEAM?

We invite university undergraduates and freshly qualified mental health professionals interested in contributing a social change to ensure everyone everywhere has someone to turn to their mental health in crisis to join our volunteer network.
The volunteer positions are unpaid and for a minimum period of 12 months from the date of appointment. Volunteers are provided with training and development opportunities and offered a certificate upon completion of the internship.
The undergraduates who should complete an internship as a part of their study are also welcome. Priority is given to Psychology, Social Sciences, Occupational Therapy and Counseling undergraduates.

Join hands in our journey toward a right-protected, nurturing community for the people with mental health needs in Sri Lanka