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.
The programme also included, counselling, meditation, basic Human Rights, value education and games. We used visuals to make the programme practical and interesting. Parents and the family members of the disappeared and prisoners hardly laugh or enjoy as they have decided mourn over their children and loved ones. Providing them opportunities to enjoy or laugh would change their routine and bring hope to their lives.
There were 46 participants, young and old and this program was held from 6th to 9th May 2010 at Lewella Fatima Retreat House.