The Message of the President's

Dear Colleagues,

First and foremost, I sincerely thank you for electing me to this prestigious position. I assure you that I will strive to cater to the needs of the mental health services and pay attention to the concerns of members and service users in Sri Lanka.

As you are aware, we were elected to the college council at a time when we will have to face numerous changes and challenges ahead. However, through these trying times, we shall endeavor to make Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists the leader in mental health awareness, advocacy and service development with outstanding values for Sri Lanka, while uplifting the standards of the College with passion throughout our tenure in office as the President and the Council. In doing so, we shall uphold and safeguard inclusiveness, pluralism, acceptance and accommodation (respect and collaboration), innovation and learning as our highest values.

The Sri Lanka College of Psychiatrists will engage with various sectors of the communities in Sri Lanka in a mutually benefiting manner. We intend to activate the priorities of mental health and psychiatrists by promoting the advancement of mental health and allied sciences, supporting and promoting systematic research relating to mental health, facilitating the training of undergraduates and postgraduates in psychiatry and last, but not least, carrying out advocacy and making appropriate representations regarding matters affecting mental health in Sri Lanka.  We will also extend our work beyond the shores by collaborating and working as partners with regional and international bodies that would further promote the mental wellbeing of our people.

Thank you.
Dr.Kapila Ranasinghe.