Celebration of the World Mental Health Day is a significant event to the Human Rights Office Kandy in its commitment to seek justice and provide the utmost care for survivors of violence. We celebrated the day on the 05th of October 2013 at Lewella Fatima Retreat House. The participants of the celebration were mostly Our survivor groups- survivor group of families of disappeared, survivors of torture rape, survivors of Human rights violations, and their family members, members of the support group, the family counselors, and the friends and well-wishers. There were around 125 participants for the celebration.
The traditional oil lamp was decorated to highlight the hope of our survivor group, with all the survivors all over the world. With the lighting of the oil lamp they wished that the shadow of all mental darkness may be diminished from our society by the enlighten knowledge and awareness.
Rev. Fr. Nandana Manatunga the Director of the Human Rights Office raised awareness of the participants by presenting cases of recent Human rights violations taken place in Kandy district and shared his vision on Mental Health and his expertise in the process of dedicated services with survivors of Human Rights violations.
With great pleasure the Human rights Office and the survivor group of families of the disappeared presented the publication “Nadiaya” meaning “the River”. The magazine portrays the importance of mental health, the life experiences of the survivor group as well as shared knowledge and expertise of the educated and the professionals. The secretary of the families of the disappeared briefed the gathering on the vision goal and
the objectives of the magazine. She expressed her hope and wished that the inspiring articles in the magazine may guide us towards a positive outlook which in turn would pave the way to overcome all challenges and obstacles that may fall in our life’s path.
It was a healing experience for the survivor group to be relived of the tension and stress taste of raising their minds to a high level of thinking and enjoying. The day ended with a tone of joy and happiness.
Human Rights Office Kandy, Torture in Sri Lanka, Disappearances in Sri Lanka, Healing and Counseling
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