The aim of the SLV.Global Mental Health Fund is to promote positive mental health through education, stigma reduction and outreach. By empowering local community members to support people with mental health concerns we hope to demystify mental illness and work towards a model of prevention. Through inclusive practice and knowledge exchange we're working towards a future where positive mental health is not a privilege, but a priority for everyone.
What we do
Our charity was founded on the principal that no one should have to suffer with mental health concerns due to lack of access to treatment. We have seen first-hand how barriers to care like geographical location and cultural factors can impact an individual's ability to get the support they desperately require.
According to the World Health Organisation, Sri Lanka has the fourth highest suicide rates in the world at 28.8 per 100,000 (male rate - 46.4 per 100,000 ; female rate - 12.8 per 100,000). However, the country also has an extreme deficit of mental healthcare professionals with just 0.36 psychiatrists per 100,000 people. Sadly this means that those most in need often go without professional care.
Sri Lanka's history is fraught with hardship, from the 25-year-long civil war to the 2004 tsunami, resulting in collective and individual trauma. The SLV.Global Mental Health fund works with local NGOs and grassroots organisations to build capacity within the local community to train individuals with basic mental health skills to help cope with the current shortfall.