National Institute of Mental Health

Angoda, Sri Lanka

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The National Institute of Mental Health was built during Victorian times in 1925 and was opened for patients on January 31, 1929.At present it is the largest tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka caring for patients with mental illness. The former Mental Hospital was upgraded to a National Institute in 2008. The Half Way Home, Mulleriyawa (HWH) and the School of Nursing, Mulleriyawa are also under the administration of NIMH since 2008.

Amongst the many services offered, in addition to general adult psychiatry, the institute has different specialized units. They are psycho geriatric unit, general medical ward, perinatal psychiatry unit, learning disability unit, adolescent and young adult psychiatry unit and forensic psychiatry unit. It also has a psycho-social training centre to train all staff categories in the area of mental health. In addition a research centre is also attached to the hospital.

I am sure that the National Institute of Mental Health will grow stronger day by day to provide quality mental health care to meet the needs of  people with mental illness in Sri Lanka and provide quality mental health training and research in our part of Asia. I hope that you will find this website informative and meaningful.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this website.


Dr. Kapila Wickramanayake
Director, NIMH

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