Trauma affects both mind and body. The family members of the disappeared and prisoners suffer traumatic effects in their bodies. Many of them have trauma affected symptoms visible in their bodies resulting in backaches, high blood pressure, headaches, and aches in their bodies. The symptoms of anniversary syndromes cause pain and suffering. Some of them still hope their dear ones would come back.
Understanding the effect of the traumatic mind, we organized a two day program on mental health for our survivors. The doctor’s guild in the medical faculty of the University of Peradeniy in Kandy hospital willingly assisted our cause in releasing the pain of our survivors.
On the first day Government Medical officer (GMO) and a psychiatric presented an overview as what is trauma and the effects of trauma the survivors are experiencing. They helped the participants to understand their responsibility of safeguarding themselves from unnecessary and self imposed worries pains and anxieties. The ways and means of keeping up a healthy body and mind through mindfulness exercises dietary habits were also demonstrated.
Human Rights Office Kandy, Torture in Sri Lanka, Disappearances in Sri Lanka, Healing and Counseling
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