Helplines in Sri Lanka

Equal Ground, Colombo, July 2013. Photograph by Aamina Nizar Decades of war, natural disasters, poverty, unemployment, inequality, changes in values and lifestyles, combined with misinterpretations of mental health and its causes and effects have left large segments of society stigmatised and isolated. It is a fact that a strong support system, including emotional support, is intrinsic to the recovery or rehabilitation of an individual suffering from any form of mental disease – temporary or permanent. Mental diseases are treatable and life goes on in spite of it. Identities are often mistaken as mental diseases. Sri Lanka’s helplines are providing a …