Mental Health Placement & Graduate Mental Health Placement: The Differences

Our Mental Health placement allows psychology students, or those with an interest in psychology, to gain practical hands-on experience in the mental health sector. Volunteers spend at least one day a week working in different mental health wards in Sri Lanka. Volunteers also take part in English for Development, special needs, and children’s homes projects, enjoying a well-rounded weekly timetable. The Mental Health placement is available all year-round, for 5 weeks during the summer months of May, June, July, and August, and 4, 6, 8, 10 weeks between September and April.

Our Graduate Mental Health placement is a fixed 12 week placement, available September to April. It is appropriate for graduates with previous experience or for those with a background in the mental health sector. Just as in the shorter Mental Health placements, volunteers spend at least one day a week volunteering in mental health wards and the rest of the week taking part in English for Development, special needs, and children’s homes projects.

However, the 12-week Graduate Mental Health placement gives volunteers the chance to attend more optional workshops, purely due to the amount of time they are in the country. Volunteers in Sri Lanka for 12 weeks will also have two scheduled field visits, and the chance to work on projects for an extended period of time. We recommend doing the Graduate Mental Health Placement if you're looking to spend three months in a different culture, gaining hands on experience within mental health. 

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