Centres to improve mental well-being
"All the good things for development of mental health will be
continued improving the present status, said Director of Mental
Healthcare of the Health Ministry Dr. Lakshmi Somatunga addressing the
National Mental Health Forum - 2009 held at the Sri Lanka Foundation
She added, "I hope development of community support centres is a
milestone step towards improving the status of mental well-being of the
people in this country.
My concern is to develop the standards in these centres such as
providing human resources and infrastructure facilities. We are the
national focal point for alcohol control and suicide prevention.
So we need to have campaigns similar to that of tobacco control
campaigns. An information system for mental health is also vital in
improving the mental health services." she said.
She said she wished to give due attention to community based
WHO Representative to Sri Lanka Dr. Mehta said the WHO had given
immense support to improve the status of mental well-being of Sri
Lankans in the past and promotion of mental well-being is the priority
"Mental health is something that is neglected all over the world, 450
million people are suffering from enormous mental diseases. The WHO is
fully committed to supporting people towards this endeavour.
National Tobacco/Alcohol Authority Chairman Professor Carlo Fonseka,
said one to have a healthy mind, the physical well-being of a person is
important, though the mind is separate from the body.
A healthy diet combined with favourable behavioural attitudes such as
getting regular physical exercises and avoidance of stress, alcohol and
tobacco is essential.