National Institute of Mental Health

Angoda, Sri Lanka

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Halfway Home Mulleriyawa

IMG 3279In 2008, Halfway Home Mulleriyawa was brought under the NIMH umbrella of patient services. There are currently 600 beds at the home providing long-term care for approximately 525 women who have a mental illness.

The women live in acute, intermediate and rehabilitation wards and are provided with a variety of programming depending on their abilities and needs.

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Apart from regular medical care, many projects and programs are carried out at the home with the aim of rehabilitating and reintegrating the women back into society.

Puppet Sewing Livelihood Project

The Pyschosocial Rehabilitation Unit creates and sells decorative hand puppets of all shapes and sizes to schools and other community organizations. The puppets fall under the Sal Mal Products brand that the home sells.

Take a look what the puppets look like and see how you can place an order.

Home Garden Project

Started in 2009, with the help of the UNESCO Club at the Royal College, the 2.5-acre garden provides income for the 12 patients who work on the project on a full-time basis.

Ceylon Paper Sacks Employment Partnership

Since 2008, many women at the home have been working at Ceylon Paper Sacks Ltd. in Ethul Kotte. This partnership has not only offered the women valuable work experience and income, it has also helped them maintain a personal connection with the local community.

Netherly Cottage

The Netherly Cottage is a home for women owned by St. Andrew's church in Colombo. It provides accommodation for 6 women who have recovered from their illness, but have not yet been accepted back by their families. The goal is to support these women until they are independent enough to become fully functioning members of the community again.

Community Housing Project

This project was launched in 2010 and provides support for residents who are independent and employed, but have no other place to go. The house, rented out by NIMH, is fully furnished and equipped with modern facilities thanks to donations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Zonta Club. Six women currently live independently in the home.

A second home for another 8 women will start in 2011 funded by Shine - a society for the homeless, ill, needy and elderly.

Identity Card Project

Following a meeting with the Minister of Women's Affairs in 2009, a project for obtaining national ID cards for the women began. In 2010, close to 100 women were provided with senior citizen ID cards entitling them to all the rights provided for seniors.


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