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SLCP’s message on World Mental Health Day

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Marking the World Mental Health Day today (10) the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists (SLCP) has issued a press statement, saying that the theme of this year’s day is ‘make mental health and well-being for all a global priority.’

Below is the full statement:

World Mental Health Day 2022

The theme of World Mental Health Day this year is “make mental health and well-being for all a global priority.”

The Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists would like to emphasise the importance of all stakeholders working together to achieve this goal nationally and internationally. Here in Sri Lanka, we observe World Mental Health Day 2022, amidst economic and social turbulence. The COVID-19 pandemic also contributed to the above issues and all these factors have adversely affected the mental well-being of many people of all wakes of life.

Mental well-being is essential to overcome and survive the day-to-day challenges in life. Treatment of mental illnesses merely is not enough to achieve mental well-being. It also requires working towards one’s long term goals while adhering to a healthy lifestyle, using adaptive coping skills, and maintaining good interpersonal relationships.

The Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists reiterates the importance of compassion, fellowship, and unity among the communities in ensuring mental well-being for all people of the country as well as refraining from any form of violence and racial hatred.

Members of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists are ready to engage and support any person with mental health issues through the psychiatric services provided via the national health care system. The public could also visit our website at slcpsych.lk for evidence-based information on mental illnesses and their treatment. In addition, the public could also contact the hotline (1926) of the National Institute of Mental health in times of crisis or if in need of any urgent assistance regarding a mental health issue.

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