Mental Health Placement!

Tia Bankes Start Date: Jan 22, 2018 - End Date: May 21, 2018
  • Sri Lanka

My Travel Story

by: Tia Bankes Start Date: Jan 22, 2018 - End Date: May 21, 2018
SLV is a voluntary organisation which started in 2010. It was founded by Lucy Nightingale, a psychology graduate from the University of Manchester and Yasintha Rathnayake, a youth worker in Sri Lanka. SLV runs projects to help the local community while simultaneously helping students and graduates to gain valuable experience in a totally different culture. I’ll be using my current skills to help this organisation and i am really looking forward to experiencing the new culture. I’m fundraising, as I’ll be joining SLV in Sri Lanka for 5 weeks from June to July on the Psychology placement.

I will be working with individuals who suffer with mental issues in Sri Lanka. I’ll be running activities for patients and using sensory, music and creative therapies to engage with patients on a variety of wards in multiple institutions. I’ll be attending workshops run by Samutthana, the King’s College London resource centre for trauma, displacement and mental health. The main aim of Samutthana is to train and support organisations and individuals to respond to the psychosocial needs of trauma sufferers i.e. tsunami survivors and those who have experienced civil-conflict in Sri Lanka.

In addition to these projects I’ll also be working with individuals with special needs and teaching English to children and to young people on vocational courses. I’ll be using my skills to work with those who may be marginalized in Sri Lankan society. I’ll be living with other volunteers and with a Sri Lanka family as well.

Please give as little or as much as you can to help me go to Sri Lanka and make a difference to peoples lives who are in need. 
Thank you!!
  • Sri Lanka