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Sunday Times Online - February 13, 2013

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Sangakkara supports the cause of Mental Wellbeing

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 Kumar Sangakkara had a booksigning session at the Crescat Mall today. The event was organized by the National Institute of Mental Health as a fund raiser along with the volunteers of Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO).

 The book, “Happy? – Expressions of Mental Well-Being”, which he contributed to, and which is centred around various ideas on mental wellness as well as a livelihood project between Halfway Home Mulleriyawa and Amba Tea Estate. All proceeds from the sale of the book get reinvested back into further livelihood/income generation projects for the residents of Mulleriyawa.

Sangakkara has been involveed with mental health projects for the past five years. He is also the brand manager for the Courage Compassion Commitment foundation (CCC) which provides anonymous counselling support.

 “Not enough attention is given to mental wellbeing in Sri lanka,” says Mr. Sangakkara. “We have a dedicated staff but we could still use more. We need more financial or any other support we could possibly get. Mental wellbeing is a crucial aspect that needs more attention from society.”


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