OUR OBJECTIVES
EMPOWERMENT

People with mental health problems continue to be at risk of social exclusion and discrimination in all facets of life. We empower them by developing their capacity to choose, influence, and control to exercise over events in their lives and try our best to remove formal or informal barriers, including power relations between individuals, communities, services and governments.

ADVOCACY

Reducing stigma and discrimination against people with mental health problems and promoting human rights needs much courage and support. We conduct various actions to change the significant structural and attitudinal barriers to achieving positive mental health outcomes in our populations. We hope, together, we can change how the world views mental health.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Mental Health is everyone's business. But most of us don't know what mental health is. We work closely with health and non-health stakeholders for sustainable academic relationships to educate our communities on mental health policy and practice. We encourage and support mental health research, community engagement and experience sharing among mental health academics.

MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION

There is no health without mental health. It is necessary to improve the overall mental health and wellbeing of every individual. We work on strengthening the policy environment and strategic communication for network building, stakeholder engagement, enhanced mental health literacy, and behaviour change for mental health promotion in the settings where people live, work, learn and thrive.

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.

COVID-19 Peer Support Network

This support network program is designed to assist you in experiencing any mental health or psychosocial needs in the face of COVID-19.

CAN MH Lanka ආධාරක ජාලය යනු COVID-19 වසංගතය තුළ මනෝ සමාජීය අවශ්‍යතා අත්විඳින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් සම්බන්ධ කරන 100% ස්වේච්ඡා සේවක ආධාරක ජාලයකි.

CAN MH லங்கா ஆதரவு நெட்வொர்க் என்பது 100% தன்னார்வ ஆதரவு வலையமைப்பாகும், இது COVID-19 தொற்றுநோய்களின் போது உளவியல் தேவைகளை அனுபவிக்கும் இலங்கையர்களை இணைக்கிறது.

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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