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    Weʼve raised £560 to Mental Health in Sri Lanka

    Colombo, Sri Lanka
    Funded on Friday, 31st August 2018

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    Hello!

    I have been accepted onto a voluntary SLV.Global Mental Health Programme and will be flying to Colombo in Sri Lanka August 2018 to complete a 5-week placement.

    The Sri Lankan population has faced significant hardships after a civil war lasting over 25 years and the effects of the 2004 tsunami. As a result, the country is still recovering and is in need of more psychological support than current resources can provide. SLV.Global’s primary aim is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and to bolster resources at pre-existing initiatives in local communities.

    On my placement I’ll work at a minimum of six different weekly projects throughout the duration of my stay whilst living integrated within the community, like a local, in a Sri Lankan family. SLV.Global’s focus is on mental health and the aim of my work will therefore be to promote overall well being, increase confidence and feelings of accomplishment as well as self-worth.

    This will be a great way to get hands-on experience in the mental health sector with people of various ages and abilities. The placement will also introduce me to alternative methods for prevention and treatment of mental health issues. The projects are diverse ranging from work in psychiatric hospitals, residential care homes, make-shift classrooms in temples to community outreach projects where I’ll teach English and model life skills to youths and at-risk children. I will be expected to be creative in a clinical setting and think about the best way to help individuals at varying stages of their recovery.

    On arrival, I’ll receive training given by local mental health practitioners and professionals in order to understand treatment in a different culture. An example of one of the projects I will participate in is the English for Development project. This will take place in vocational training institutes and, in addition to the practical benefit of learning English, the project focuses on daily skills that are taken for granted and often overlooked including decision-making, problem-solving, effective communication, interpersonal skills and critical thinking. As a volunteer I will help individuals gain self-awareness and develop a healthy way of coping with their emotions and stress.

    Money I hope to raise will contribute to the cost of my placement, including training, vaccinations, entry visa, travel insurance and living costs. Any support will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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      18

      • Vanessa Bronnert

        Vanessa Bronnert

        Aug 22, 2018

        Well done Melissa-hope all is going well and you enjoy the experience!

        £20.00

      • Maria

        Maria

        Aug 14, 2018

        Sounds amazing what you're doing. All the best!

      • Cat

        Cat

        Aug 14, 2018

        Good luck :)

      • Francesca Migliorini

        Francesca Migliorini

        Aug 14, 2018

        Respect! A tough but rewarding time ahead...Good luck Melissa, and love from all of us.

      • Chris Logue

        Chris Logue

        Aug 7, 2018

        Good luck Melissa with what will be a very interesting and worthwhile trip xJenny and Chris

        £30.00

      • Julie Mcmartin

        Julie Mcmartin

        Jun 23, 2018

        Have an amazing time and well done great reason to be raising money and awareness it touches all our lives! Julie o

        £30.00

      • Susan Morrow

        Susan Morrow

        Jun 23, 2018

        Good luck Melissa. A very worthy cause!

        £20.00

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      Melissa Longmore

      Melissa Longmore

      Colombo, Sri Lanka

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