The 11th Annual General Meeting
of the Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists
was conducted successfully
on 1st September 2014
at The Float, Water’s Edge, Colombo.
The Council for 2014/16 was appointed during the AGM.
Prof. Samudra Kathriarachchi
Prof. Raveen Hanwella
Past President (ex-officio)
Dr. Ranil Abeyasinghe
Dr. Manoja Kulatunga
Dr. Dulshika Amerasinghe Waas
Dr. Sajeewana Amarasinghe
Dr. Gihan Abeywardena
Dr. Pushapakumara Kandapola Arachchige
Dr. Thilini Rajapakse
Dr. Asiri Rodrigo
Dr. B Karunatilake
Dr. Jayan Mendis
Dr. Shehan Williams
Dr. Jayamal de Silva
Dr. S Sivayokan
Dr. Mahesh Rajasuriya
Public Relations Officer
Dr. Ramani Ratnaweera
World mental health day - 10 October 2014
“Living with schizophrenia”
Schizophrenia affects around 26 million people across the world and is the focus of World Mental Health Day this year. Schizophrenia is a severe, potentially incapacitating illness that affects a considerable segment of the population. About 0.7% to 1.0% of the population globally is affected by this condition.
Despite being a treatable disorder, more than 50% of people with schizophrenia cannot access adequate treatment, and 90% of people with untreated schizophrenia live in the developing world. From those who face every day of their lives with it, to their families, friends, doctors and even society as a whole, we all have a part to play in raising awareness of schizophrenic illness. We want to ensure that people with schizophrenia get the best possible care and support to manage their illness and to help them recover.
Schizophrenia affects how a person thinks, feels, and acts but it's actually a word that describes a number of symptoms. One of the main reasons why schizophrenia has been considered as such a devastating illness is the fact that it usually first appears during the late teens or early twenties.
Modern methods of treatment, both biological and psychological, coupled with a change of attitude in society about mental illness, have led to very impressive changes that have allowed “Living with Schizophrenia” to be a positive and productive experience for many persons.
A person-centered integrative model with psychoeducation empowers patients to make informed decisions about their treatment plan and lifestyle management. This enables the patient and the family to play a significant role in the treatment and monitoring of physical health.
Carers fulfill a distinct and important role by providing support and advocating for their ill relatives as well as contributing to their recovery. Therefore, it is important to educate, support and ease the burden of those who care for people with schizophrenia.
Since recovery is possible we need to adopt a holistic approach to care that will address the social determinants of mental ill health, including poverty, housing and living conditions, nutrition, education, employment, unsafe social and community networks, empowerment of women and support for the parenting role, access to primary health care facilities integrated with other social and health care systems.
Health promotion in schizophrenia is one of the most important interventions, not only for the individual, but also for society as a whole. There is good evidence suggesting that illness prevention and health promotion measures in schizophrenia may be both clinically effective and cost-effective.